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Statewide active COVID-19 cases drop on Tuesday

By Stephen Betts | Sep 15, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active confirmed or probable statewide cases of COVID-19 dropped, the state reported Tuesday. This follows a week of increasing cases around the state.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Sept. 15 that the number of confirmed or probable cases increased by 15, reaching 4,918.

There were an additional 43 recoveries statewide reported Sept. 15, increasing that number to 4,280.

The number of Mainers with COVID-19 to die since the outbreak began in Maine in mid-March increased by one, reaching 137 with another death in Somerset County.

This means the number of active confirmed cases as of Sept. 15 dropped 29, falling to 501. The peak was 714, reached on May 24.

The CDC reported as of Sept. 10 that there have been 246 positive tests of out-of-staters diagnosed in Maine out of 8,674 tests given. This is not broken down by the county where they were diagnosed. Many of these positive tests are from New Hampshire residents who receive their medical care in Maine. And the CDC said that some of those positive tests are from the same non-Maine residents.

The number of active cases involving Knox County residents remained at three, the CDC reported Tuesday. There have been 33 Knox County residents with the virus since the outbreak began. Twenty-nine of those people recovered and one person died. Five Knox County residents have been hospitalized.

Knox County continues to have one of the lowest number of cases in Maine. Only Washington and Piscataquis counties have fewer cases in Maine.

The number of active cases of Waldo County residents remained at two, the CDC said Tuesday. There have been 73 residents diagnosed, 57 recoveries and 14 deaths since the outbreak began in March.

Lincoln County's active cases remained at four, the CDC reported Tuesday. There have been three new cases of Lincoln County residents during the past two days. There have been 39 overall cases, 34 recoveries and one death. Three people have been hospitalized.

Of the cases statewide as of Sept. 8, 999 have been healthcare workers and 933 have recovered.

Since the outbreak began, 432 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently 10 people in the hospital, five in critical care and none on a ventilator.

The CDC reported as of Sept. 10 that of the 66,225 tests given during the past two weeks, 364 (0.5%) have been positive.

Of the 137 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 71 were 80 years old or older, 43 were in their 70s, 12 were in their 60s, four in their 50s, three people in their 40s and one in their 30s and one in his 20s. The age range for the death reported Tuesday was not immediately available.

Cumberland County has seen the worst of the outbreak with 70 of the deaths being residents from there. York County has had 15 deaths, Waldo County, 14 deaths, Kennebec 11, 10 in Androscoggin, six in Penobscot, six in Somerset, and one each in Knox, Lincoln, Aroostook, Franklin and Hancock counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of Sept. 15, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 20s who who accounted for 831 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 800 in their 50s, 748 in their 30s, 718 in their 40s, 560 people in their 60s, 521 who were younger than 20, 377 in their 70s, and 363 who were 80 or older.

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

The CDC figures show a dramatic disparity based on race. Of the 4,918 cases statewide, 959 of the people diagnosed have been black. That translates to 20% of the cases. Blacks account for less than 2% of Maine's population.

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