Churches across the state are also grappling with the reopening. Maine lifted its mask and physical distancing limits in May, but congregations still plan to resume all of their usual activities – including singing indoors, which is particularly likely to spread respiratory droplets.
Cumulative COVID-19 cases in Maine rose to 68,826 on Sunday. Of these, 50,330 have been confirmed by testing and 18,496 are considered probable cases of COVID-19. The seven-day average of daily new cases was 33.7, while the 14-day average was 42.4 cases.
Eight hundred and fifty-four people have died from COVID-19 in Maine since the start of the pandemic.
The Faith Lutheran Church in Windham came up with a solution last Sunday: organize outside services. In a grove of oaks, maples and pines, the sounds of nature mingled with hymns and prayer. Many, but not necessarily all, are vaccinated, so while some felt comfortable enough to shake hands and shake hands, the church decided to move outside as a compromise.
“That’s all we talk about in the church world: How can we safely meet for face-to-face worship? Said Reverend Jane Field, pastor of Faith Lutheran and also executive director of the Maine Council of Churches.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland has also moved closer to the old normalcy. This weekend, the diocese allowed parishioners to line up for communion, made holy water available at church entrances and allowed the sale of food during parish events.
“The diocese has been guided by experts and scientists in making decisions throughout the pandemic,” said Dave Guthro, spokesperson for the diocese to the Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram. “We have acted with caution and continue to do so. “
Guthro noted that since the start of the pandemic, no outbreak of COVID-19 has been attributed to a Catholic church in Maine. The diocese also lifted masking and distancing requirements last month, in line with the state’s regulatory change.
As of Sunday morning, Maine had given 766,358 people the last dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Of those 12 years of age and older, the population currently eligible for vaccination, 64.71 percent are now fully vaccinated.
As of Sunday by county, there had been 8,381 coronavirus cases in Androscoggin, 1,895 in Aroostook, 17,225 in Cumberland, 1,377 in Franklin, 1,373 in Hancock, 6,593 in Kennebec, 1,145 in Knox, 1,078 in Lincoln , 3,636 in Oxford, 6,320 in Penobscot, 583 in Piscataquis, 1,473 in Sagadahoc, 2,278 in Somerset, 1,049 in Waldo, 938 in Washington and 13,480 in York.
By age, 18.9 percent of patients were under 20, while 18.3 percent were in their twenties, 15.2 percent in their thirties, 13.4 percent in their forties, 14.5 percent one hundred in their fifties, 10.2 percent in their sixties, 5.3 percent in their 70s, and 4.2 percent were 80 or older.
Globally, there were 178.2 million cumulative cases of COVID-19 and 3.86 million deaths worldwide as of Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University. The United States has recorded 33.5 million cases and more than 601,000 deaths.