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Knox County sees an additional case, hospitalization

Active COVID-19 cases drop for second straight day

By Stephen Betts | Apr 21, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active confirmed cases of Mainers with COVID-19 dropped for the second consecutive day, declining to its lowest level in more than a week.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday, April 21, that  there have been 888 confirmed cases statewide since the outbreak began last month. That is 13 more confirmed cases than on Monday.

The number of patients who have recovered, however, increased by 29, reaching 443.

There was another death from COVID-19 in Cumberland County, bringing the statewide death toll to 36 since the outbreak began.

Statewide, the number of active confirmed cases dropped to 409 on Tuesday, April 20. This is down from a peak of 446 on April 17. The 409 is the lowest since 406 on April 13.

The active confirmed Knox County cases increased by one to five on Tuesday, according to the Maine CDC. And that increased the number of hospitalizations of patients with the new virus in Knox County to two. There have been 13 cases since the outbreak began in Knox County and eight have recovered.

The numbers in Waldo County remained unchanged on Tuesday. There are 30 active cases -- 43 cases overall since the outbreak began, eight deaths, and five recoveries.

The deaths in Waldo County during the past two weeks have been concentrated at the Tall Pines long term care center in Belfast.

Nearly all the deaths statewide have been of Mainers in their 70s and 80s.

Lincoln County's active confirmed cases remained at four -- 12 overall and eight recoveries.

Cumberland County has the most cases of any county with 386 since the outbreak began. There are currently 157 active cases in Cumberland County virus. Seventeen of the deaths in Maine from the new virus have been Cumberland County residents.

The number of people hospitalized statewide with COVID-19 was at 40 as of Tuesday, April 21. Sixteen are in critical care units and eight of those people are on respirators.

But Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Nirav Shah, stressed at the Monday April 20 media briefing that precautions need to continue.

"We must continue physical distancing. We are still very much in the middle of things," Dr. Shah said.

He said across the world, there have been new spikes when restrictions are eased.

"The concern is that easing restrictions could result in a secondary bump," the CDC director said.

And he said that could disproportionately strike residents of long-term care facilities or health care workers.

The CDC director said Monday that 212 health care workers have tested positive for the new virus and 119 residents of long-term care residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19. That accounts for nearly 39 percent of all confirmed cases.

Two weeks ago, Maine CDC Director Dr. Shah reported 17 people from outside Maine but who were diagnosed with the new virus while in Maine. There are also 13 Maine residents who were diagnosed outside the state.

Dr. Shah has repeatedly recommended people to live their lives as though COVID-19 was in their community by adhering to physical distancing and washing hands.

The CDC said April 15 that 14,076 people have tested negative for the virus in Maine.

Of the people who have tested positive, the most has been for people in their 50s which accounted for 172 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 152 people in their 60s, 150 in their 70s, 119 in their 40s, 117 who are 80 or older, 93 in their 30s, 87 in their 20s, and 18 who are younger than 20.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Ananur Forma | Apr 21, 2020 12:41

what are the ages of the people who have recovered?

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