It is not known exactly when the deaths occurred, but the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention regularly reports the deaths in batches after reviewing cases to verify medical information.
The agency will likely release more details of the fatal cases later Thursday.
Maine continues to have a stable case count, with cases in the 200’s over the past six days. The seven-day average of new daily cases was 215.1 on Thursday, up from 266.9 a week ago and 451.6 a month ago.
Since the start of the pandemic, Maine has recorded 66,534 cases of COVID-19 and 816 deaths.
Meanwhile, the state is closing in on 50 percent of Maine’s 1.3 million fully immunized residents, with 654,984 people, or 48.7 percent of the population, receiving final doses through Thursday. In addition, 687,229, or 51.1 percent of the population, received at least their first dose.
Maine is shifting its vaccination strategy to smaller locations, such as doctor’s offices, pharmacies and schools, as large-scale vaccination clinics begin to close. The MaineHealth-operated Scarborough Downs site, which opened in early February, closes on Thursday.
“This facility was the right strategy at the moment,” said John Porter, a spokesperson for MaineHealth. “We have had a lot of people extremely keen to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”
But now that demand has weakened, the state is changing its vaccination strategy to bring doses closer to people.
Almost 2,000 people took advantage of a Maine incentive program to get people vaccinated.
Dr Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said 1,739 people had received a bonus under the “Your Shot to Get Outdoors” program, which is available to vaccinated adults until May 31. . include $ 20 LL Bean Gift Card, Maine Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Maine Wildlife Park Pass, Maine National Park Day Pass, Maine National Park Ticket, Oxford Plains Speedway and a ticket to Sea Dogs.
A week into the program, the most popular choice is the LL Bean Gift Card, with 734 people, followed by 455 people choosing a fishing license and 174 choosing a Maine Wildlife Park pass.
This story will be updated.