New COVID-19 admissions fall again in Maine
New COVID-19 admissions fall again in Maine

New COVID-19 admissions fall again in Maine

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Maine continued to decline Sunday, state state health officials reported.

A total of 222 patients were admitted with coronavirus, down from 231 on Saturday, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In comparison, there were 436 patients in hospitals in Maine with the contagious disease on January 13th.

Of Sunday’s 222 inpatients, 52 were in intensive care units and 23 in respirators. The number of intensive care patients also fell by 11 from Saturday.

The Maine CDC did not report new deaths from the virus Sunday. Maine’s total death toll since the pandemic began is 1,960.

State health officials have said the majority of those seriously ill with coronavirus in hospitals and those who have died have not been vaccinated.

On Sunday, the Maine CDC added 4,597 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 to the pandemic, while health officials are working to clear up a backlog of positive tests submitted during the omicron rise. The newly confirmed cases are not a one-day count, but part of the backlog.

Typically, the state does not add cases to its cumulative pandemic totals on Sundays, Mondays, and holidays, Robert Long, a spokesman for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, said in a news release Sunday. “But we expect the backlog will add cases this holiday weekend,” he said.

In recent days, the state has launched a system to automate part of the backlog settlement process. As a result, for several days since last Tuesday, there has been a marked increase in the day-to-day figures for the total number of cases, confirmed cases and probable cases.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Maine since the onset of the pandemic now stands at 218,367, according to the Maine CDC.

Meanwhile, the number of fully vaccinated Mainers continues to rise. Of the state’s total population, the Maine CDC reported Saturday that 73.31 percent, or 985,400 people, are fully vaccinated. It said 76.94 percent of those eligible for the shot – those 5 years and older – are fully vaccinated.

As it has been, Cumberland County has the most fully vaccinated population of Maine’s 16 counties, at 83.92 percent, according to state data. Somerset County has the lowest fully vaccinated population: 59.93 percent, and the fully vaccinated population of Androscoggin County totals 66.23 percent; in Oxford, 63.05 percent; and in Lincoln, 78.20 per cent.

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