Maine reports 1 additional deaths, several COVID-19 cases
Maine reports 1 additional deaths, several COVID-19 cases

Maine reports 1 additional deaths, several COVID-19 cases

Maine registered 428 new cases of COVID-19 and one more death, the state reported Saturday.

Since the pandemic began, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has recorded 2,336 deaths and 254,855 cases. The overall number of cases is low because many positive home test results are not reported.

The seven-day average on Friday was 671 new cases a day, a 50 percent increase from the daily average two weeks ago. Maine has among the highest infection rates in the country.

The spread of infections is to blame for the current omicron subvariants, but new cases are not as high as the January omicron rise. Most of the current infections cause less serious illness, experts have said.

On Saturday, the Maine CDC also reported 213 people hospitalized with the virus in Maine hospitals. Of those, 35 were in critical care and two were in respirator.

The total number of hospitalized patients has increased by 56 percent in the last two weeks, but the number of hospitalized patients has largely remained stable.

Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine CDC, tweeted Friday that most people hospitalized with the virus are older, vaccinated people and younger, unvaccinated people, Shah said.

In previous waves of infections, Shah said the number of patients on critical wards grew in line with the total number, but Maine has not seen the same parallel growth in the most severely ill patients, he said.


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