State reports 295 new cases of COVID-19, no additional deaths – fr

State reports 295 new cases of COVID-19, no additional deaths – fr

State health officials reported 295 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, the sixth time in the past seven days that daily cases were below 300.

No additional deaths were reported.

The seven-day daily case average now stands at 267, down slightly from 297 two weeks ago, but down significantly from the spring peak average of 475 cases on April 18. 19 and 798 deaths, according to data tracked by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Gov Janet Mills will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. Thursday with members of her cabinet to announce updates to Maine’s public health protocols as part of the state’s Moving Maine Forward plan. Maine has already relaxed its outdoor mask mandate and welcomes visitors from any state without proof of a negative COVID-19 test since May 1.

Despite the drop in new cases, hospitalizations remain high statewide. As of Thursday, there were 118 people in hospital with COVID-19, including 48 in intensive care and 27 on ventilators. This is the first time that daily hospitalizations have fallen as low as 118 in two weeks, the highest levels since early February.

Meanwhile, vaccinations continued to slow this week, even as the state opened eligibility for children ages 12 to 15 after federal emergency use clearance for that age group. On Thursday, Maine administered 661,051 first doses, or 49.2% of the state’s population, and 612,791 final doses, or 45.6% of residents, although the average number of daily vaccines has since been halved. this date last month.

Among those 60 and over, nearly 81% are fully vaccinated, but among those between 16 and 39, who have been eligible for more than a month, the percentage who received a first dose is only 42%. Immunization rates continue to vary widely from country to country, ranging from a high of 54 percent across Cumberland County to a low of 37 percent in Somerset County.

Despite the slowdown, Maine still ranks among the best states for vaccination rates. Late Wednesday, Governor Janet Mills announced that the state had taken another step – 70% of adults have received at least one shot, according to the US CDC tracker. This percentage takes into account both the number of people aged 18 and over who have received at least one dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and those who have received the vaccine at a dose of Johnson & Johnson.

Of the other five states that have reached this threshold, four are in New England. The other is Hawaii.

Other vaccine databases, which use different populations and vaccine categories, report slightly different rankings, but all show Maine and other New England states to be among the best at getting people vaccinated. .

“Maine continues to make leading strides in the country in securing gunfire,” Mills said in a statement. “The people of Maine, our medical professionals and volunteers across the state, the Maine National Guard and our teams from the Department of Health and Human Services and Maine CDC all deserve to be congratulated on this achievement. .

“There is still work to be done and we will continue our efforts to make the vaccine more accessible to more people, as we also encourage people to do their part and roll up their sleeves to help us get back to normal more quickly. . “

This story will be updated.

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