In what has become a grim routine in recent days, Maine on Thursday saw the number of hospitalizations for COVID-19 rise again to a new record.
There are now 327 Mainers suffering from COVID-19 in hospitals across the state, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That is more than the previous record of 314, set on Wednesday.
Of them, a record 108 Mainers are in intensive care, while another 39 are on a ventilator. That’s a small drop from Wednesday and Tuesday and still shy of the high of 41 on Nov. 1.
The number of hospitalizations from COVID-19 has risen steadily since the beginning of October, after a sharp decline in September. That growth has accelerated in recent days, causing some hospitals to reach capacity.
Nirav Shah, the director of the Maine CDC, said Tuesday that hospitalizations from COVID-19 are still caused by unvaccinated people, who make up 60 to 70 percent of people being treated.
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