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State sees jump in hospitalizations from COVID-19

Lincoln active cases up to eight, Waldo down to one
By Stephen Betts | May 24, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active cases of Mainers with COVID-19 increased yet again Sunday, May 24, and the number of people being admitted to hospitals jumped during the past day.

A 78th person diagnosed with the new virus died since March 27.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported May 24 there were an additional 42 confirmed or probable cases of the new virus, increasing the count since the outbreak began to 2,055. Thirty of the 42 new cases were in Cumberland and York counties.

There were an additional 31 recoveries statewide May 24, increasing that number to 1,263.

A man in his 60s from York County died, the CDC reported. This is the 78th since the first death was reported March 27. Forty of those deaths have been Cumberland County residents, nine each in York and Kennebec counties, and 14 in Waldo County.

This means the number of active confirmed or probable cases in Maine on Sunday rose by 10 to another record high of 714. The cases first surpassed 700 on May 23, surpassed 600 on May 20, and 500 on May 10.

The CDC began ramping up last week the number of tests it could perform and an increase in confirmed cases had been expected.

Since the outbreak began, 253 people have been hospitalized in Maine. As of May 24, 59 people were still in a hospital with the virus. That is an increase of nine since Saturday. Twenty-seven of those patients are in critical care units, and 13 are on ventilators -- both are increases.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said May 22 that 441 of the confirmed cases of the new virus were contracted by health care workers.

The number of active confirmed or probable Knox County cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday remained at two. Since the outbreak began, there have been 20 cases and 18 recoveries of Knox County residents. Two Knox County residents were hospitalized by the virus.

Waldo County's active cases May 24 dropped to one, with 51 overall cases, 36 recoveries and 14 deaths. The cases and deaths were largely concentrated at the Tall Pines long term care center in Belfast.

Lincoln County's active cases on May 24 increased by one to eight. This was the second new case in Lincoln County in the past two days. There have been 20 cases and 12 recoveries in Lincoln County.

There have been 55 people from outside Maine who have tested positive in a Maine laboratory, but 23 of those people are from New Hampshire and their tests were sent to a Maine lab.

The number of tests given have been 40,069 with 5.4 percent coming in as positive. Dr. Shah stressed that these were the number of tests not the number of people tested since some people were tested more than once.

Of the 78 Maine people with COVID-19 who have died, 41 have been 80 years old or older, 25 have been in their 70s, seven were in their 60s, three in their 50s, and two people in their 40s.

Of the people who tested positive as of May 24, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 377 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 319 in their 40s, 290 people in their 60s, 221 in their 70s, 234 who were 80 or older, 274 in their 30s, 252 in their 20s, and 88 who were younger than 20.

52% of the confirmed cases were women and 48% men.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Ben and Leslie Fuller | May 24, 2020 13:34

Given all of our unmasked, non quarantining guests crowding in this weekend, it will be interesting to see if there is an effect two/ three weeks from now. If not then perhaps a real excuse to lift the 14 day for July. If so, might be time for some teeth in the "honor" system.



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