Maine breaks record for COVID-19 hospitalizations again – Community News

Maine breaks record for COVID-19 hospitalizations again

Maine hit another high Sunday for hospitalizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There were 287 patients with the virus, 80 of whom were in intensive care and 30 on a ventilator.

That number surpassed the 280 reported on Wednesday. The number of hospital admissions has risen steadily this week, repeatedly surpassing previous records. The increase has been most dramatic in rural hospitals in western Maine, where fewer people are vaccinated.

About two-thirds of hospitalized patients with the virus are not fully vaccinated, and the rate is higher in the critically ill. A recent study by the US CDC suggested that unvaccinated people are 12 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than fully vaccinated people.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention will not release new infection numbers on Sunday. But the state continued to see high daily cases. Even with nearly 70 percent of Mainers vaccinated, there are still 400,000 residents who have not received their injections and are exposed to the highly contagious delta strain.

On Saturday, the seven-day daily case average rose to 673, marking another all-time high. By this time last month, it had fallen to 489.

In Maine, there are 115,857 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 and 1,272 people have died from the virus, according to state CDC data. Even with the recent rise, both are among the lowest per capita of any state.

Maine has given 916,812 final doses of vaccine, accounting for 68 percent of all residents. That number includes more than 100 children between 5 and 11 years old. The state began offering vaccines to that age group earlier this month. So far, 22,018 of those children have received the first doses, more than half of them in Cumberland and York counties.

In addition to the final doses, Maine has administered 246,646 booster doses. Last week, Governor Janet Mills qualified for boosters for any adult who wants one, as long as it’s at least six months after their last dose of the original Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or two months after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson version. The federal government also opened vaccine boosters to all adults across the country.

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