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Two more local residents also hospitalized

Thirteen more cases in Midcoast, CDC reports Thursday

By Stephen Betts | Nov 19, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The three Midcoast counties had 13 more of their residents diagnosed with COVID-19, the state reported Thursday.

The state saw an additional 215 cases during the past day with one additional death reported.

Knox County had two more cases and five additional recoveries, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Nov. 19.

This increases the number of Knox County residents diagnosed with COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak to 174. A hundred and ten of those people have recovered and three have died, according to the Maine CDC.

Thirteen of those people diagnosed required hospitalization, an increase of three in the past three days.

This means the number of active cases in Knox County decreased by three, falling to 61, the CDC reported Nov. 19.

Knox County has recorded 141 new cases since Sept. 15.

During the past weekend, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention opened an outbreak investigation of COVID-19 associated with Northeast Mobile Health Services in Rockport involving four cases. An outbreak was also reported earlier this month at Woodlands Memory Care of Rockland.

The North Haven Town Office also posted on its website Nov. 16 that there have been 15 confirmed and two presumptive cases on the island, all diagnosed since Nov. 5. There have been no additional cases in the past few days.

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 jumped by eight, reaching 46 due to 10 new cases and two additional recoveries, the CDC reported Nov. 19. There have been 127 cases overall, 80 recoveries and one death. Nine of those people have been hospitalized.

Waldo County's active cases decreased by one, reaching to 38 with one new case and two additional recoveries, the CDC reported Thursday. There have been 200 cases overall, 146 recoveries and 16 deaths since mid-March. Sixteen people have been hospitalized since the outbreak began, an increase of one in the past day.

Statewide, there were 215 new cases reported by the CDC Nov. 19. This brings the total number of cases since the outbreak began to 9,734.

There were 174 new recoveries statewide, the CDC reported Nov. 19, increasing the number to 7,403.

There was an additional death, a woman in her 40s from Kennebec County. This increases the statewide death toll to 171 since the pandemic struck Maine in mid-March.

This means number of statewide active confirmed or probable statewide cases of COVID-19 increased by 40, reaching 2,160, the state reported Thursday.

There are currently 85 people hospitalized in Maine due to the new virus with 30 in intensive care units, and 10 are on a respirator. Less than a month ago, only seven people were in the hospital with none in intensive care units and none on a ventilator.

A total of 613 people have been hospitalized since the outbreak began in Maine, an increase of 13 in the past day.

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. 18, 1,422 were healthcare workers, an increase of 23 in one day.

Of the 171 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 92 were 80 years old or older, 51 were in their 70s, 14 were in their 60s, five in their 50s, four 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 27 deaths, Waldo County has 16 deaths, 15 in Kennebec, 14 in Androscoggin, 12 in Somerset, seven in Penobscot, three 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. 19, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 20s, who accounted for 1,770 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 1,509 in their 50s, 1477 in their 30s, 1289 in their 40s, 1270 who were younger than 20, 1120 people in their 60s, 710 in their 70s and 589 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 9,754 cases statewide, 1,078 of the people diagnosed are black. That translates to 11% of the cases. Black people account for less than 2% of Maine's population.

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Comments (2)
Posted by: Harry Fitzgerald | Nov 19, 2020 13:25

Posted by Nancy Fitzgerald

I heard Covid-19 would just be gone on November 4, wouldn't hear any more about it. It would just be gone.

Thanks Steve Betts and mainstream media for helping to keep us informed.

In Fauci and Shah we trust!

Posted by: Crawford L Robinson | Nov 19, 2020 10:25

A far cry from only 15 cases nationwide that was going to miraculously disappear in a few days.

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