AUGUSTA – The Maine CDC has updated its list of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the state of Maine.
The Maine CDC is conducting case investigations and contact tracing Monday through Friday. As a result, data on COVID-19 cases will be updated from Tuesday to Saturday. Case data will not be updated on Sundays and Mondays or holidays.
“The daily case count is, and always has been, an underestimate of the true case count,” Maine CDC director Dr. Nirav Shah said during a press briefing in January. “At this point in the pandemic, case counts are not the metric of the moment.
Knox County, since March 2020, has had 6,360 cases, 84 hospitalizations, and 37 deaths. This data includes an increase of 27 new cases since Saturday’s update.
Waldo County, since March 2020, has had 6,399 cases, 112 hospitalizations, and 57 deaths. This data includes an increase of 31 new cases since Saturday’s update.
Lincoln County, since March 2020, has had 5,538 cases, 76 hospitalizations, and 35 deaths. This data includes an increase of 21 new cases since Saturday’s update.
The data above represents the number of full-time Maine residents who have been tested for COVID-19, according to the Maine CDC.
“The data is for people who claim residency in Maine, regardless of the state they were tested in or where they currently live,” the Maine CDC says. “For example, a person 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 patient residence, not by hospital or testing site location.
There have been more than 251,900 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide 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 laboratory.
Statewide, 2,327 people have died since the outbreak began after testing positive for COVID-19.
The cumulative number of people hospitalized, at some point in their illness, across the state since the outbreak began stands at more than 4,800.
Looking at current statewide COVID-19 hospital data, there are currently 209 hospitalized, including 29 in intensive care and four on ventilators.