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Ten more COVID-19 cases in Knox County, CDC reports Thursday

By Stephen Betts | Nov 12, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

Knox County had 10 more residents diagnosed with COVID-19 during the past day, the state reported Thursday.

And statewide, there were nearly 200 more cases of the virus and an additional death in the state -- a resident of Androscoggin County.

Knox County had 10 more resident diagnosed with the new virus and one additional recovery, according to the CDC on Nov. 12. This brings the total number of Knox county resident diagnosed with COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak to 155. Seventy-nine of those people have recovered and two have died, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Eight of those people diagnosed have required hospitalization.

This means the number of active cases in Knox County jumped by nine, reaching a record high of 74, the CDC reported Nov. 12

Knox County has recorded 122 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. This is due to community transmission, not a particular outbreak.

Lincoln County's active cases remained at 31 with two new cases and two additional recoveries, the CDC reported Nov. 12. There have been 92 cases overall, 60 recoveries and one death. Eight of those people have been hospitalized.

Waldo County's active cases increased by five due to four new cases and one recovery being removed from the county, the CDC reported Nov. 12.

There have been 105 Waldo County residents diagnosed with the new virus since Oct. 15. There have been 185 cases overall, 127 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 194 new cases reported by the CDC Nov. 12. This brings the total number of cases since the outbreak began to 8,396. There have been 2,352 new cases diagnosed in the past 19 days. The 194 new cases in a single day is near the record 204 on Nov. 9.

There were 49 new recoveries statewide, the CDC reported Nov. 12, increasing the number to 6.275.

There was one additional death. This increases the number of deaths from the virus in Maine to 159.

This means number of statewide active confirmed or probable statewide cases of COVID-19 increased by 144, reaching yet another new record high of 1,962, the state reported Nov. 12.

There are currently 62 hospitalized in Maine due to the new virus with 16 in intensive care units, and six people are on a respirator. A little more than two weeks ago, only seven people were in the hospital with none in intensive care units and none on a ventilator.

A total of 553 people have been hospitalized since the outbreak began in Maine — that is an increase of 44 in a little more than a week.

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. 11, 1,311 were healthcare workers. This is an increase of nearly 100 in one week.

Of the 159 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 84 were 80 years old or older, 49 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, Kennebec 12, 12 in Androscoggin, 11 in Somerset, six 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. 12, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 20s, who accounted for 1,491 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 1,327 in their 50s, 1274 in their 30s, 1106 in their 40s, 1079 who were younger than 20, 955 people in their 60s, 623 in their 70s and 541 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 8,396 cases statewide, 1,038 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 (2)
Posted by: Crawford L Robinson | Nov 12, 2020 18:10

Covid~45 is closing in on our doorsteps.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Nov 12, 2020 12:31

See what polarization brings us?


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