AUGUSTA, Maine — The number of hospitalizations for COVID-19 in Maine rose to record levels on Friday as the virus continues to spread rapidly here as winter approaches.
A record 248 patients were hospitalized with the virus Friday, according to data from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, far more than the previous record of 235 set in late September. Seventy-two patients were in intensive care beds, while 31 were on ventilators. Forty-nine intensive care beds were still available in the state.
Transmission of the virus has stalled in Maine in recent weeks, with cases remaining stubbornly high, driven by its spread in rural counties with lower vaccination rates. As of Wednesday, the most recent data available due to the Veterans Day holiday, the seven-day infection rate in Somerset County — Maine’s least vaccinated county — was more than three times higher than the rate in Cumberland County, which has the state’s highest vaccination rate. has rate.
Unvaccinated people in Maine are still much more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than vaccinated people, as 71 percent of all people in Maine and 82 percent of adults are now fully vaccinated.
In Maine Health, the state’s largest hospital system, less than a third of patients hospitalized with the virus earlier this week had been fully vaccinated, and only two of the 14 patients on ventilators had received the vaccine.
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