The number of patients admitted with COVID-19 across the state fell by nine, the state reported Sunday.
Although infections of the BA.2 omicron subvariant of the virus have increased, the number of hospital admissions remains relatively stable.
Of the 91 hospitalized with coronavirus on Sunday, 15 are in critical wards and three are on a respirator, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. On Saturday, 100 people were hospitalized, and on April 2, there were 91 people hospitalized. Doctors have said that most of those hospitalized with the virus were not fully vaccinated.
Maine CDC statistics showed there were 437 new cases Saturday. Since the pandemic began, there have been 240,086 cases. However, these numbers probably represent a significant underscore, as many people with COVID-19 took home tests that were positive, and these results were not reported to the state.
Since the pandemic began, Maine’s death toll is 2,276. No further deaths were reported Friday and Saturday. The Maine CDC typically does not update new cases and additional deaths on Sundays and Mondays.
With the more contagious BA.2 spread in northeastern and Maine, five counties in Maine – Aroostook, Piscataquis, Penobscot, Washington and Hancock – are now in the yellow or moderate risk category, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s a change last week, a sign that BA.2 is spreading. Last week, only one county, Aroostook, was at the yellow or modest risk of infection.
Cumberland and the other counties remain in the green or low-risk category. However, this low-risk term does not mean that the virus does not circulate in these counties. The green label indicates that infections in these counties are not expected to burden the hospital or an overwhelming number of sick patients with COVID-19.
Across the country, 73.97 percent of Maine’s 1.34 million population has been fully vaccinated, and 653,771 booster shots have been given, the state reported Saturday. The new number of booster doses is 2,737 more than reported Friday, according to the Maine CDC.