Compared to recent figures, fewer people are still hospitalized with COVID-19, the state reported Saturday.
There are 94 people in hospitals in Maine with the virus, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. These patient numbers have dropped from 107 on Friday and 111 on Thursday.
Of those admitted, 19 are in intensive care.
Overall, hospital admissions have plummeted since a peak of 436 on January 13 during the omicron rise.
On Saturday, the state also reported that three more people have died from COVID-19.
Since the pandemic began, 2,182 Mainers have died from the virus.
The state added 159 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday. Maine has registered a total of 233,696 cases of COVID-19. These case numbers do not include those who have taken home tests with positive results.
Overall, the trend is good news with a declining number of cases in the US and Maine.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its “community levels” on Thursday, showing a low risk of transmission of the virus in 85 percent of the nation. Also, most of Maine – 11 of the 16 counties including Cumberland, York and Androscoggin – is color-coded green, meaning a low risk of transmission. The US CDC calculates its risk factors at the societal level by combining the number of cases with hospital capacity and new hospital admissions.
Counties coded red, which means a high risk of transfer, are Aroostook and Washington; and three counties – Piscataquis, Penobscot and Hancock – are coded yellow, meaning a moderate risk of transmission, according to federal health officials. Regions, color-coded as yellow and green, are no longer recommended to wear masks in public, indoor spaces except for those at high risk of serious illness. The CDC advises everyone to wear masks in indoor, public spaces in red code areas.
There are increasing number of cases in Europe and China. Cities in China are battling coronavirus infections that have resulted in new shutdowns, particularly in Hong Kong. Many of those recently killed by the virus were elderly patients, a majority who were not fully vaccinated, according to the Associated Press.
On Friday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Biden, told PBS that the United States generally follows the virus trend in Europe by about three weeks.
Looking at what is happening in the United Kingdom, “when combining the increased transmissibility of BA.2, which is an understatement variant of the original omicron,” together with the easing of mask wear and the weakening of the vaccine’s immunity, other countries are seeing an increase in hospital admissions, Fauci said.
This may mean that there will be an increase in cases in the US, but the degree of vaccination immunity and previous infections may protect against serious diseases from infections, Fauci said.