Dec. 15 update: Midcoast adds 20 new COVID-19 cases

Thu, 12/15/2022 - 8:15am

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 Tuesday through Saturday. Case data will not be updated Sunday and Monday or on holidays.

“Daily case counts are, and always have been, an underestimate of the true number of cases out there," Dr. Nirav Shah, Director of the Maine CDC, said. “At this point in the pandemic, case counts are the not the metric of the moment.”

Knox County, since March 2020, has recorded 7,771 cases, 122 hospitalizations and 49 deaths. This data includes an increase of eight new cases since yesterday’s update.

Waldo County, since March 2020, has recorded 7,753 cases, 146 hospitalizations and 77 deaths. This data includes an increase of one new case since yesterday’s update.

Lincoln County, since March 2020, has recorded 6,670 cases, 113 hospitalizations and 42 deaths. This data includes an increase of 11 new cases and one new hospitalization since yesterday’s 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 304,000 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, 2,777 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 6,400.

Looking at present statewide hospital COVID-19 data, there are presently 107 hospitalized, including 18 in critical care and five on a ventilator.