Maine saw COVID-19 hospital admissions continue their steep slide Tuesday, falling more than 5 percent in the previous 24 hours.
That news comes as a further 10,968 COVID-19 cases was reported Tuesday, a jump due to a deep backlog of positive cases that currently makes the daily count a less reliable indicator of the virus’ impact in Maine.
There are now 260 Mainers infected with COVID-19 hospitalized across the state, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s down from 275 the day before and the pandemic of 436 set on January 13th.
That’s a drop of more than 40 percent from the record high, and it’s the lowest number of COVID-19 admissions Maine has seen since Nov. 15, 2021, when it was 261, state data shows.
Fewer Mainers are also in critical care and on fans – 64 and 27, respectively. They have dropped significantly from their record highs of 133 and 68, respectively.
With tens of thousands of backward positive cases To increase Maine’s daily figures, declining hospital admissions, though much higher than those seen last summer, are seen as an indicator that COVID-19 may be loosening its grip on the state.
This is not the only indicator that the virus is spreading. That daily average for positive COVID-19 tests fell to 1,057 last week, down from 1,165 the week before. Meanwhile, wastewater monitoring also suggests that virus spread is declining across the state.