Dec. 7 update: Midcoast adds eight new cases, one new recovery

Mon, 12/07/2020 - 8:30am

    AUGUSTA — The Maine CDC has updated its list, Dec. 7, of COVID-19 cases in the state of Maine.

    Each morning, the Maine CDC updates its COVID-19 data on its website with the latest coronavirus numbers from across the state.

    The below data represents the number of full-time Maine residents who have been tested for COVID-19, according to the Maine CDC. 

    “Data are about individuals who claim residency in Maine regardless of what state they were tested in, or where they are currently living,” the Maine CDC says. “For example, an individual who claims residency in Maine but lives in Florida will appear in this data even if they were living in Florida at the time of illness. County listings are by residence of patient, not location of the hospital or testing location.”

    There have been more than 13,700 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 across the state since the outbreak began in March. 

    A confirmed case means an individual received a positive PCR test result from any approved lab. Probable cases occur when an individual has been in close contact with a positive individual and is symptomatic or an individual has a positive serology test and is either a close contact of a confirmed case or displays two or more COVID-19 symptoms. 

    Since the outbreak began in Maine, more than 10,100 individuals have recovered statewide from COVID-19. 

    Recovered means a person has met the released from isolation requirements defined by U.S. CDC. The requirements are: at least 72 hours have passed since recovery, defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and, at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

    Across the state, 227 individuals have passed away since the start of the outbreak after testing positive for COVID-19. 

    The cumulative number of people hospitalized, at some point during their illness, across the state since March stands at more than 780. 

    Looking at present hospital COVID-19 data, there are presently 171 hospitalized, including 50 in critical care and 18 on a ventilator.

    Knox County, since March, has recorded 227 cases, 182 recoveries, 17 hospitalizations and four deaths. This data includes an increase of two new cases and one new hospitalization since yesterday’s update. Knox County presently has 41 active cases. 

    Waldo County, since March, has recorded 262 cases, 192 recoveries, 17 hospitalizations and 17 deaths. This data includes an increase of three new cases since yesterday’s update. Waldo County presently has 53 active cases. 

    Lincoln County, since March, has recorded 183 cases, 137 recoveries, 11 hospitalizations and two deaths. This data includes an increase of three new cases and one new recovery since yesterday’s update. Lincoln County presently has 44 active cases.