As of Sunday, 58.18% of the eligible population aged 16 and over in Maine had received at least a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, approaching the levels needed to mitigate the virus. This comes despite warnings that nationally, the United States may not achieve full herd immunity, the proportion of immune people in a population needed to suppress an infection. People under 30 accounted for 113 of the day’s cases, or nearly 46%.
Cumulative COVID-19 cases in Maine rose to 63,994 on Sunday. Of these, 47,359 have been confirmed by testing and 16,635 are considered probable cases of COVID-19. The seven-day average of new daily cases was 301.2 on Sunday.
Seven hundred and ninety-five people have died from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic in Maine.
A mobile vaccination clinic is open Sunday at LaFleur Airport in Waterville from 10 am to 4:30 pm Adults 18 years of age and over can receive a single dose of Johnson & Johnson’s single dose vaccine. For more information or to make an appointment, call 1-888-445-4111.
The Waterville clinic will remain open until Wednesday. During the week, a vaccination site is also opened in the Oak Street parking lot in downtown Lewiston, Maine CDC director Dr Nirav Shah said on Twitter.
For more vaccination websites, visit the Maine CDC website.
Watch out for people in the Waterville area. The mobile vaccination unit is arriving in town and will be open on Sunday. https://t.co/JiIaY4z6Ty
– Nirav D. Shah (iranirav_mainecdc) May 8, 2021
Meanwhile, a pandemic-fueled wave of home purchases in Maine threatens to drive up property taxes for residents already stressed by last year’s economic downturn. Maine has become an even more desirable location for people fleeing cities during the pandemic, leading to an increase in market-based tax assessments.
In South Portland, landlord Diane Romano recently told city council she plans to sell blood plasma to cover a planned 10-30% increase in the city’s planned property tax.
“I am seriously considering this option,” Romano said after a city council meeting in April. “It can’t be the long term solution, but until we know how bad it will be, it’s on the table.”
Over the past year, the median home price in Maine has risen 14 percent, to $ 256,000, amid a 9 percent increase in single-family home sales. A third of these sales were to foreign buyers.
Portland and South Portland have suspended reassessments due to the pandemic, but home values in both cities have fallen below 70% of market value. In South Portland last month, residents pleaded with city councilors not to reassess their homes during what residents claimed was a temporary bubble, driven by the pandemic.
State Senator Jim Dill, D-Old Town, even sponsored legislation to impose a moratorium on reassessment, although that bill is blocked in committee. City officials such as Kate Snyder, Mayor of Portland, have opposed a moratorium, instead proposing more frequent reassessments so residents aren’t shocked by a huge increase in their tax bills.
Neither Portland nor South Portland have updated city-wide property values in 15 years.
As of Sunday, 654,555 Mainers had received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 583,936 had received their last dose. Of Maine’s population of 1.3 million, 48.69 percent received their first dose, according to statistics from the Maine CDC.
County by county Sunday, there had been 7,712 cases of coronavirus in Androscoggin, 1,725 in Aroostook, 16576 in Cumberland, 1267 in Franklin, 1259 in Hancock, 5975 in Kennebec, 1056 in Knox, 962 in Lincoln, 3385 in Oxford, 5613 in Penobscot, 481 in Piscataquis, 1342 in Sagadahoc, 2,013 in Somerset, 896 in Waldo, 846 in Washington and 12875 in York.
By age, 18.3% of patients were under 20, 18.6% in their twenties, 14.8% in their thirties, 13.4% in their forties, 14.7% in their fifties, 10.5 % in their sixties, 5.4% in their forties. in their 70s, and 4.4 percent were 80 or older.
As of Sunday, worldwide there were 157.7 million known cases of COVID-19 and 3.28 million deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. The United States had 32.6 million cases and more than 581,000 deaths.
This story will be updated.