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Lincoln County reports another case

Statewide active COVID-19 cases hit three-week high

By Stephen Betts | Aug 01, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active statewide COVID-19 cases rose for the fourth day in a row, the state reported Aug. 1.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Aug. 1 that the number of active confirmed or probable cases increased by 22 cases, reaching 3,937.

There were an additional 16 recoveries statewide reported Aug. 1, increasing that number to 3,377.

The number of deaths statewide remained at 123 since the first death of a Maine resident was reported March 27.

This means the number of active confirmed cases as of Aug. 1 rose by nine, reaching 437. This is the most since July 10. The peak was 714, reached May 24.

The CDC reported that as of July 28, there have also been 159 nonresidents who tested positive for the virus in Maine.

The number of active cases in Knox County remained at two. There have been 26 Knox County residents who have been diagnosed with the new virus since the outbreak began in mid-March. 23 of those residents recovered and one person died. Four Knox County residents have been hospitalized.

Waldo County's active cases remained at zero Aug. 1. Since the start of the outbreak, there have been 62 Waldo County residents diagnosed, 48 recoveries and 14 deaths.

Lincoln County's active cases increased by one, reaching four Aug. 1. There have been 34 overall cases, 29 recoveries and one death. Three people have been hospitalized.

Of the cases statewide as of July 30, 892 have been healthcare workers. All but 67 have recovered and no healthcare worker in Maine has died.

Since the outbreak began, 388 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently 12 people in the hospital, seven in critical care and two on ventilators.

The number of tests given as of Aug. 1 was 175,515 with 5,293 of those tests (3%) being positive.

Of the 123 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 63 were 80 years old or older, 39 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.

Cumberland County has seen the worst of the outbreak with 68 of the deaths being residents from there. Waldo County has 14 deaths, York 12, Kennebec 12, six in Androscoggin, five in Penobscot, and one each in Knox, Lincoln, Aroostook, Franklin, Hancock and Somerset counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of Aug. 1, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 645 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 640  in their 20s, 606 in their 30s, 589 in their 40s, 457 people in their 60s, 360 who were younger than 20, 321 who were 80 or older and 317 in their 70s.

Women accounted for 52% of the confirmed cases and men 48%.

The CDC figures show a dramatic disparity based on race. Of the 3,937 cases statewide, 872 are black. That translates to 22% of the cases. Black Americans account for less than 2% of Maine's population.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: JEFFREY PAYSON | Aug 02, 2020 00:08

Please quote quote the  out of state positive increase every time. Today's jump is significant

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