Maine Reports 883 New COVID-19 Cases Over 3-Day Period – .

Maine Reports 883 New COVID-19 Cases Over 3-Day Period – .

Maine on Tuesday reported 883 new cases of COVID-19 over a three-day period and seven additional deaths.

While there is no backlog for this week and cases are reviewed and reported as they are submitted to the state, the weekend numbers represent a slight drop in cases. Last week was the first time in several weeks that Maine’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not have a backlog affecting daily case reports.

Maine does not report cases on weekends, so Tuesday’s numbers reflect Saturday, Sunday and Monday cases.

The seven-day average of new daily cases stood at 528.6 on Tuesday, up from 370.3 a week ago and 484.6 a month ago.

Since the start of the pandemic, Maine has recorded 98,607 positive cases of COVID-19 and 1,102 deaths.

Cumberland County, the most populous in the state, recorded the highest single-day total, with 133 cases on Tuesday, followed by Kennebec County with 114 cases and Penobscot County with 111 cases. Adjusted for population, Cumberland County’s seven-day total was the lowest per capita in the state, at 173.2 cases per 100,000 people over the past week, compared to the hardest-hit county in the state, Somerset County, with 477.4 cases per 100,000 population.

Cumberland County is the most vaccinated county in the state, with 76.8% of the total population fully vaccinated, while Somerset County is the least immune at 54.7%.

In a tweet on Sunday, Dr Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, highlighted US CDC data showing unvaccinated people are more than six times likely to test positive for COVID-19 than immunized, and unvaccinated people are more than 11 times likely to die from the disease.

“These data are further proof of what numerous clinical trials have shown: vaccines significantly reduce the risk of COVID-19 idisease and death, ”Shah said in a tweet. “They lead to a question: if you are not vaccinated, what additional data would you need to convince yourself to get vaccinated?

Hospitalizations continue to rise, to 201 people hospitalized on Monday – the latest data available -om 152 statewide two weeks ago.

John Porter, spokesperson for MaineHealth, said officials are still trying to determine whether recent hospitalizations are a sign of an increase in the spread of the virus or if there are other factors at play, including whether it there are difficulties in getting patients out.

Likewise, Northern Light Health spokesperson Karen Cashman said hospitals in their network are struggling with this.

“This is due to the decreasing number of these beds available in Maine for a variety of reasons, including facility closures,” she said. “The result is that some patients stay in hospitals longer than they need to, simply because there is no qualified medical bed to send them to. When appropriate and safe, we also bring some patients home with home physical therapy and occupational therapy support. “

This story will be updated.

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