Monday’s COVID-19 case count remains low, reports Maine CDC

There were 150 new cases of COVID-19 and no additional deaths in Maine on Monday, continuing the low case count that prompted state officials to ease some restrictions on the pandemic last week, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported in Presidents Day.

The case count on Sunday was 120, with two additional deaths and 164 new cases and four deaths reported on Saturday.

Hospitalizations across the state dropped to 94, marking the first time since November 22 that the number was less than 100.

On Monday, Maine’s seven-day average of new daily cases dropped to 183.1, far below the peak of 625.3 on January 14, but still several times higher than the summer and early summer average lows. autumn. Spurred on by the recent drop in the number of cases, state officials moved all Maine counties to less risky “green” status last week, meaning that all schools are considered safe for face-to-face education, with some anti-precautions. -infection.

Cumulative COVID-19 cases in Maine increased to 42,677 on Monday. Of these cases, 34,003 were confirmed by testing and 8,674 are considered probable cases.

Six hundred and forty-nine people have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began in Maine. The two deaths reported on Sunday were of 80-year-old women in Cumberland County.

On Monday, Maine gave 174,426 people the first dose of a vaccine against COVID-19, and 71,429 received a second dose. This means that 12.98 percent of Maine’s 1.3 million people received their first dose.

York County, however, is lagging behind in delivering vaccines. The southernmost county in the state recorded the most cases per capita and about 20 percent of all cumulative cases since the start of the pandemic, but gave only 11 percent of the vaccine doses administered until Friday, according to Maine CDC statistics. Neighboring counties of Cumberland and Sagadahoc inoculated more than 14% of its residents, while York County gave vaccines to only about 9%.

The region has been the epicenter of viral spread in recent months, but has only two vaccination clinics. They are located at Southern Maine Health Care hospital in Biddeford and York Hospital. Cumberland County has eight clinics. A mass vaccination clinic is due to open in Sanford, York County, later this month. The clinic is scheduled to open at the old Marshalls store on Main Street.

County by county as of Monday, there were 4,626 cases of coronavirus in Androscoggin, 1,231 in Aroostook, 11,993 in Cumberland, 875 in Franklin, 855 in Hancock, 3,478 in Kennebec, 614 in Knox, 544 in Lincoln, 2,121 in Oxford, 3,689 in Penobscot, 241 in Piscataquis, 848 in Sagadahoc, 1,215 in Somerset, 567 in Waldo, 693 in Washington and 9,082 in York.

Dr. Jules Bodo is prepared to receive a COVID-19 vaccination at Rumford Hospital, part of the Central Maine Healthcare chain, by Bobbie Olsen, a registered nurse, in December. As of Monday, 12.98% of Maine’s 1.3 million people had received their first dose. Shawn Patrick Ouellette / Team photographer

By age, 15.2 percent of Maine COVID-19 patients during the pandemic were under 20, while 18 percent were in their 20s, 14.4 percent in their 30s, 13.1 percent in 40s, 15.3% in the 50s, 11.7% were in their 60s, 6.7% were in their 70s and 5.7% were 80 or older.

Of the 94 COVID-19 patients in Maine hospitals on Monday, 25 were in intensive care and 10 were on ventilators. The state had 118 beds of intensive care units available out of a total of 388, and 245 ventilators available from 319. There were also 446 alternative ventilators. On Sunday, Maine had 101 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and 28 were in intensive care.

Worldwide on Monday, there were more than 108.9 million known cases of COVID-19 and more than 2.6 million deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. The United States had 27.6 million cases and 485,300 deaths.

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