Aug. 19 update: Midcoast adds four new COVID-19 cases

Thu, 08/19/2021 - 8:30am

    AUGUSTA — The Maine CDC has updated its list of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the state of Maine.

    Maine CDC conducts case investigations and contact tracing Monday through Friday. As a result, COVID-19 case data will be updated by 9:30 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Case data will not be updated Sunday and Monday or on holidays.

    Knox County, since March 2020, has recorded 1,265 cases, 37 hospitalizations and seven deaths. This data includes no changes since the last update.

    Waldo County, since March 2020, has recorded 1,383 cases, 48 hospitalizations and 22 deaths. This data includes an increase of four new cases since the last update.

    Lincoln County, since March 2020, has recorded 1,185 cases, 28 hospitalizations and three deaths. This data includes an increase of two new hospitalizations since the last update.

    The above 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 73,200 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 across the state since the outbreak began in March 2020. A confirmed case represents when SARS-CoV-2 RNA was detected using a molecular amplification test (e.g. PCR) from any approved lab.

    Across the state, 921 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 the start of the outbreak stands at more than 2,200.

    Looking at present statewide hospital COVID-19 data, there are presently 92 hospitalized, including 46 in critical care and 19 on a ventilator.