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Statewide recoveries outpace new cases in past day, CDC reports Saturday

By Stephen Betts | Nov 14, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

For the first time in more than three weeks, additional recoveries statewide outpaced new cases of COVID-19 during the past day, the state reported Saturday.

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

Knox County had two more resident diagnosed with the new virus and one additional recovery, according to the CDC on Nov. 14. This brings the total number of Knox county resident diagnosed with COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak to 160. Eighty-nine of those people have recovered and two have died, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ten of those people diagnosed have required hospitalization, an increase of one during the past day and the second new hospitalization in the past two days.

This means the number of active cases in Knox County increased by one, reaching 69, the CDC reported Nov. 14.

Knox County has recorded 127 new cases since Sept. 15.

The North Haven Town Office posted on its website Nov. 13 that there are 15 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 three, reaching 39 due to six new cases and three additional recoveries, the CDC reported Nov. 14. There have been 103 cases overall, 63 recoveries and one death. Nine of those people have been hospitalized.

Waldo County's active cases dropped by one, falling to 40 due to four new cases and five additional recoveries, the CDC reported Saturday. There have been 192 cases overall, 135 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 152 new cases reported by the CDC Nov. 14. This brings the total number of cases since the outbreak began to 8,791. There have been 2,747 new cases diagnosed in the past 21 days.

There were 169 new recoveries statewide, the CDC reported Nov. 14, increasing the number to 6.597. This is the first time since Oct. 23 that recoveries outpaced new cases.

There was an additional death -- a woman in her 80s from York County. This increases the number of deaths from the virus in Maine to 163. This is the fifth consecutive day that there has been a death from the virus.

This means number of statewide active confirmed or probable statewide cases of COVID-19 decreased by 18, falling to 2,031, the state reported Nov. 14.

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 572 people have been hospitalized since the outbreak began in Maine — that is an increase of 57 over the past 11 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 163 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 86 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 24 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. 14, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 20s, who accounted for 1,567 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 1,383 in their 50s, 1332 in their 30s, 1163 in their 40s, 1127 who were younger than 20, 1010 people in their 60s, 653 in their 70s and 556 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 8,791 cases statewide, 1,045 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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