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Three more deaths across Maine, bringing number to 47

Active COVID-19 cases on the rise in Maine

By Stephen Betts | Apr 24, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

Augusta — The number of people with COVID-19 rose again Friday as the state reported an additional three deaths.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday, April 24 that there have been 965 people confirmed to have had the new virus. Of those, 499 have recovered and 47 people have succumbed to COVID-19.

This means the number of Mainers currently confirmed as having the virus is 419, up 11 from Thursday.

The peak in confirmed active cases occurred April 17 when there were 446 cases.

The active confirmed Knox County cases dropped to four on Friday with 13 confirmed cases since the outbreak began last month and nine recoveries.

The active number of case in Waldo County remains at 20 on Friday with 10 total deaths in the past few weeks. The deaths in Waldo County have been concentrated at the Tall Pines long term care center in Belfast. There have been 47 cases overall as well as 17 recoveries.

Lincoln County's active confirmed cases remain at three with 12 cases since the beginning and nine recoveries.

And as of Tuesday, April 21, the CDC said there were 37 cases transferred to other states. The CDC said that does not mean the people tested positive in Maine. Some of them were New Hampshire residents whose tests were sent to Maine laboratories rather than New Hampshire laboratories. Some of them were cases sent to Maine CDC but shouldn’t have been, such as students who were in another state more than nine months of the year but listed their parents’ address for billing purposes on the lab tests.

And 22 cases were reported to Maine CDC from other states.

The number of people hospitalized statewide with COVID-19 was at 39 as of Friday. Seventeen are in critical care units and seven of those people are on respirators.

The CDC director said Wednesday, April 22 that 16,784 people have tested negative for the new virus.

Also as of April 22, 127 residents and 67 staff members at long-term care or assisted living facilities have tested positive for COVID-19.

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

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

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

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.

Of the people who have tested positive as of Thursday, the most have been for people in their 50s which accounted for 180 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 164 people in their 60s, 135 in their 70s, 124 in their 40s, 120 who are 80 or older, 101 in their 30s, 94 in their 20s and 19 who are younger than 20.

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