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Statewide COVID-19 active cases continue to climb, CDC reports Sunday

By Stephen Betts | Oct 11, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active cases of COVID-19 across the state continued its slow but steady rise, the CDC reported Sunday.

Statewide, 27 new cases were reported by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Oct. 11. This brings the total number of cases since the outbreak began to 5,723.

There were an additional 19 recoveries statewide, reported Oct. 11, increasing that number to 4,970.

The number of Mainers with COVID-19 to die since the outbreak began in Maine in mid-March remained at 143.

This means number of active confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 rose by eight, reaching 610, the state reported Oct. 11. This is the highest number since June 4 when there were 612 active cases.

The peak was 714, reached May 24.

The number of active cases in Knox County dropped by one, falling to 11, the CDC reported Sunday. This was due to an additional recovery being reported.

There have been 51 cases overall diagnosed in Knox County residents since the pandemic struck Maine in mid-March. Thirty-nine people have recovered and one person died. Five Knox County residents have been hospitalized due to the new virus.

Knox County has recorded 18 new cases since Sept. 15. On Thursday, the CDC announced it had begun to look into an outbreak at the Lonza biotechnology plant in Rockland. CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said the department would look to see if one worker spread the virus to the others or if they each were exposed outside the facility.

Also on Thursday, RSU 40 confirmed two individuals associated with Warren Community School tested positive for COVID-19.

Lincoln County active cases remained at six, the CDC reported Oct. 11. There have been 50 cases overall, 43 recoveries, and one death. Five people have been hospitalized.

Waldo County's active cases remained at four, the CDC reported Oct. 11. There have been 79 cases overall, 61 recoveries, and 14 deaths. Most of those cases occurred earlier in the summer at a long-term care facility.

The CDC reported as of Oct. 7, there have been 286 positive tests of out-of-staters diagnosed in Maine, out of 11,180 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. The CDC said some of those positive tests are from the same non-Maine residents.

Of the cases statewide as of Oct. 8, 1,077 have been healthcare workers.

Since the outbreak began, 462 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently seven people in the hospital, five in critical care and none on a ventilator.

The CDC reported as of Oct. 1 that of the 89,632 tests given during the past two weeks, 452  (0.5%) have been positive.

Of the 142 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 76 were 80 years old or older, 43 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 17 deaths, Waldo County, 14 deaths, Kennebec 11, 10 in Androscoggin, eight in Somerset, six in Penobscot, two in Oxford County, and one each in Knox, Lincoln, Aroostook, Franklin, and Hancock counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of Oct. 7, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 20s, who accounted for 944 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 916 in their 50s, 865 in their 30s, 798 in their 40s, 693 who were younger than 20, 662 people in their 60s, 418 n their 70s, and 397 who were 80 or older.

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

The CDC figures show a dramatic disparity based on race. Of the 5,723 cases statewide, 986 of the people diagnosed have been black. That translates to 17% of the cases. Black people account for less than 2% of Maine's population.

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