State health officials reported 848 new cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths on Saturday, continuing a sustained wave of the virus as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches.
The seven-day daily average rose to 673, setting another new record. Two weeks earlier, the daily average was 502 cases, and this time last month it was 489 cases. Maine’s infection rate has been above the national average for weeks as the virus spreads primarily in western, rural counties with lower vaccination rates.
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 115,857 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 and 1,271 people have died from the virus, according to data from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Even with the recent rise, both are among the lowest per capita of any state.
There were 276 individuals with COVID-19 in Maine hospitals on Saturday, 71 of them in intensive care and 33 on ventilators. The number of people hospitalized in Maine has also been at an all-time high in recent days, and the majority of patients are still unvaccinated. A recent study by the US CDC suggested that unvaccinated people are 12 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than fully vaccinated people.
At one point during the pandemic, 3,032 Maine residents have been hospitalized with the virus.
Transmission declined across the country for much of September and October, but is now starting to pick up again as people move indoors in cooler weather. According to the US CDC, the average number of daily cases is now 94,260, up 32 percent from 71,250 cases on average two weeks earlier. The number of deaths has yet to increase significantly, but they often fall short of the number of cases. According to US CDC data, about 1,000 people die every day and more than 768,000 Americans have died as of March 2020.
In the past seven days, Maine’s number of cases is 347 per 100,000 people, ranking 14th. The national rate is 198 cases per 100,000 people. Nearby Vermont and New Hampshire have actually had higher cases than Maine’s in the past week.
The pace of vaccinations has picked up in Maine in recent weeks as more school clinics vaccinate 5- to 11-year-olds and as more residents seek out booster shots. Last week, Governor Janet Mills announced that all adults could receive a booster, provided that at least six months have passed since their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or at least two months have passed since they received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. with one dose. .
In all, Maine has given 916,709 final doses of vaccine, accounting for 68.2 percent of all residents. In addition, 240,524 booster doses were administered.
While Maine’s vaccination rate is among the highest of all states, it is not uniform. For example, in Cumberland County, 78 percent of all residents are fully vaccinated. On the other hand, only 56 percent of Somerset County residents are vaccinated.
In the provinces with the lowest vaccination coverage, the transmission of viruses has increasingly been heaviest. The most recent data from the CDC shows that Somerset and Franklin counties have seen the most cases per capita in the past 28 days. They are also the provinces with the lowest percentage of fully vaccinated residents. Cumberland County, on the other hand, has the lowest transmission rate in the past 28 days and the highest percentage of vaccinated residents.
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