– COVID-19 hospital admissions in Maine continue with a downward trend
– COVID-19 hospital admissions in Maine continue with a downward trend

– COVID-19 hospital admissions in Maine continue with a downward trend

The number of Mainers hospitalized with COVID-19 continued to decline on Saturday, while the number of deaths increased.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention added 26 coronavirus deaths to the state’s official census, bringing the death toll from the pandemic to 2,135 people.

The Maine CDC reported that 154 people were in Maine hospitals with the virus on Saturday, down from 163 the day before. These numbers are drastically lower than the pandemic of 436 people recorded on January 13 during the omicron rise.

Of the 154 patients reported hospitalized Saturday, 33 were in critical care and 12 were in respirator.

On Thursday, all 16 counties in Maine were classified as having only a moderate risk of coronavirus transmission for the first time in months, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That change means that indoor masking is no longer universally recommended. However, health authorities still recommend that people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for serious illness continue to wear a mask in indoor public spaces.

Nationwide, more than 90 percent of the population has a low or medium risk of spreading COVID-19, according to US CDC Director Rochelle Wolensky.

The 26 deaths added Saturday in Maine were likely not a one-day list of additional deaths, but rather the result of a review of records that identified people diagnosed with the virus who have died in recent weeks.

The Maine CDC added 447 COVID-19 cases to the official census Saturday. However, these cases do not represent new infections because the state still treats tests submitted weeks ago below the height of the omicron rise.

Maine has had a total of 230,720 cases since the pandemic began two years ago.

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