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Eleven new cases in Midcoast, 13 additional recoveries

State sets new one-day record for COVID-19 cases, CDC reports Friday

By Stephen Betts | Nov 13, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

Knox County had three more residents diagnosed with COVID-19 during the past day, the state reported Friday.

And statewide, there were a record 243 more cases of the virus as well as three more deaths.

Knox County had three more resident diagnosed with the new virus and nine additional recovery, according to the CDC on Nov. 13. This brings the total number of Knox county resident diagnosed with COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak to 158. Eighty-eight of those people have recovered and two have died, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nine of those people diagnosed have required hospitalization, an increase of one during the past say.

This means the number of active cases in Knox County fell by six, dropping to 68, the CDC reported Nov. 13

Knox County has recorded 125 new cases since Sept. 15.

The North Haven Town Office posted on its website Nov. 11 that there are 14 confirmed and two presumptive cases on the island, all diagnosed since Nov. 5.

The CDC also issued Friday, an updated case count by zip code as of Nov. 8. That shows that 42 Rockland residents have been diagnosed with the virus. This includes residents of Woodlands Memory care of Rockland where there was an outbreak. Warren has had 22 cases. North Haven six to 19 although the town office on North Haven has reported 16 cases on the island. There have been 16 cases in Lincolnville; 15 cases in Camden; Rockport 13; Union and Appleton (zip code 04862) has had 12; Waldoboro six to 10; Thomaston nine; one to five cases reported in Cushing, Friendship, Owls Head, Vinalhaven, Hope, Washington, and Spruce Head (zip code 04860); and none reported in South Thomaston, Tenants Harbor, and Islesboro.

As of Nov. 5, the CDC reported that in the previous two weeks, there 89 positive tests and 3,921 negative tests taken in Knox County.

Lincoln County's active cases increased by five, reaching 36 due to five new cases, the CDC reported Nov. 13. There have been 97 cases overall, 60 recoveries and one death. Nine of those people have been hospitalized, an increase of one in the past day.

Waldo County's active cases dropped by one, falling to 41 due to three new cases and four additional recoveries, the CDC reported Friday. There have been 188 cases overall, 131 recoveries and 16 deaths since mid-March. Fifteen people have been hospitalized since the outbreak began.

Many of the newer cases were associated with the Brooks Pentecostal Church and its affiliated school, Lighthouse Christian Academy in Brooks.

Waldo County also had an outbreak early in the summer at a long-term care facility in Belfast.

Statewide, there were 243 new cases reported by the CDC Nov. 13. This brings the total number of cases since the outbreak began to 8,639. There have been 2,595 new cases diagnosed in the past 20 days.

There were 153 new recoveries statewide, the CDC reported Nov. 13, increasing the number to 6.428.

There three additional deaths -- a man in his 70s from Penobscot County, a man in his 70s from Androscoggin County and a woman in her 80s from Androscoggin. This increases the number of deaths from the virus in Maine to 162.

This means number of statewide active confirmed or probable statewide cases of COVID-19 increased by 87, reaching yet another new record high of 2,049, the state reported Nov. 13.

There are currently 66 hospitalized in Maine due to the new virus with 18 in intensive care units, and six people are on a respirator. Less than three weeks ago, only seven people were in the hospital with none in intensive care units and none on a ventilator.

A total of 566 people have been hospitalized since the outbreak began in Maine — that is an increase of 51 over the past 10 days.

Also, as of Nov. 11, there have been 357 positive tests of non-residents who have tested positive in Maine. Many of these people are New Hampshire residents who receive health care in Maine.

Of the cases statewide as of Nov. 13, 1,340 were healthcare workers.

Of the 162 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 85 were 80 years old or older, 51 were in their 70s, 14 were in their 60s, five in their 50s, three people in their 40s and one in their 30s and one in his 20s.

Cumberland County has seen the worst of the outbreak, with 70 of the deaths being residents from there. York County has had 23 deaths, Waldo County has 16 deaths, 14 in Androscoggin, 12 in Kennebec, 11 in Somerset, seven in Penobscot, two in Knox County, two in Oxford County, two in Franklin County, and one each in Lincoln, Aroostook and Hancock counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of Nov. 13, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 20s, who accounted for 1,540 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 1,367 in their 50s, 1301 in their 30s, 1136 in their 40s, 1105 who were younger than 20, 956 people in their 60s, 640 in their 70s and 554 who were 80 or older.

Women account for 51% of the confirmed cases and men 49%.

The CDC figures show a dramatic disparity based on race. Of the 8,639 cases statewide, 1,041 of the people diagnosed are black. That translates to 12% of the cases. Black people account for less than 2% of Maine's population.

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Comments (3)
Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Nov 13, 2020 17:04

Any question about why we are doing things the way we are this should settle it:


Posted by: Crawford L Robinson | Nov 13, 2020 11:09

I guess I haven't been paying attention. I thought there were only 15 cases and it was going to miraculously disappear? I searched further because numbers are important. GOOD GRIEF!!! 10,888,324 national cases with 248,686 deaths. I wonder how many negative tests there were and if it could have made a difference?

Posted by: jen chapman | Nov 13, 2020 10:04

While tallying the daily total positives, would you also please report the daily negatives?  For example, there were 21,335 tests performed this week.  1135 were positive which means 20,200 were negative. While compiling the list of every other statistic for this virus, the negative results should be included, too.

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