Maine closed the work week with another day of COVID-19 cases. Fewer than 100 new cases, an encouraging sign as the summer approaches.
The 71 cases reported on Friday were the sixth in the past seven days with less than 100 new cases and one additional death reported.
The seven-day average of patients is now 73, down from 194 two weeks ago and the average 297 during this period last month, according to data tracked by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The positive signal dropped to 1.68 percent, a sign of further declines in transmission.
In addition, Maine meets the 60 percent threshold for eligible residents aged 12 years and over who have been fully vaccinated.
There have been 68,057 confirmed or probable cases in Maine since the outbreak. And there have been 838 deaths from the virus, both among the lowest per capita in the country.
In addition to Friday’s death Still 10 deaths were reported Thursday. This includes people under 20, the first in Maine. even if the person has other medical problems Possible, the Maine CDC said, not all of the deaths occurred in the previous 24 hours. but as a result of periodic checks of death certificates to determine if COVID-19 Could it be a factor?
Hospitalizations continued to decline as well, as of Friday, 72 people were hospitalized for COVID-19. Of these, 28 have been in intensive care and 16 on ventilators in the past two weeks. The number of hospitalizations fell 65%, reflecting national trends. The number of critically ill patients in Maine is only half from a month ago.
Governor Janet Mills on Friday It hasn’t changed the state’s color-coded counseling system for public schools. All counties are classified as green. This means that schools can be fully open to face-to-face learning with safety measures including masking. Near the end of the school year Management said recommendations will be updated this summer as needed.
As for vaccinations, the pace has slowed, with Maine still second among all states. It is second to Vermont in terms of vaccination rates. But the number of dosages was reduced for seven weeks in a row. Because those who are active and willing to vaccinate the most.
Daily vaccinations have also declined across the country. U.S. CDC data show that the seven-day average of newly given drugs has dropped below 1 million for the first time since January.
Although the average daily patient population in the United States will drop below 15,000 for the first time since the first day of the pandemic. But federal health officials say states have lower vaccination rates. especially in the south It may be ripe for a new outbreak.
“We have a pocket in this country with lower vaccination rates,” US CDC director Dr Rochelle Walenski told CNN on Thursday. “I’m worried that this virus is an opportunist. and where we have low vaccination rates It’s where we’ll see it again. and the real problem Now is to make sure we reach those communities as well.”
In Maine, Somerset, which has the lowest vaccination rates in the state’s 16 counties, has seen a rise in new cases recently.
Overall, Maine received its first Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, 721,270 doses, representing 60.9% of the eligible population, and the last 711,630 doses, representing 60.1 percent of people aged 12 years and over. eligible The state also provides 75,285 single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
The rate for residents aged 50 and over is 77.1 percent, while only 43.3 percent of those aged 12-49 have been fully vaccinated.
Efforts to attract younger people and close the gap have intensified in recent weeks. Government officials and health care providers have offered incentives and brought vaccine clinics to places where young people might gather.
MaineHealth spends Wednesday and Thursday at Becky’s Diner offering vaccines to anyone who needs them. Those who receive a $15 voucher for a restaurant
Next week, a mobile vaccination clinic operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Four days will be spent at the Rising Tide Brewery in Portland. and four days at Old Orchard Beach.
In addition, next week The Portland Sea Dog, in partnership with Northern Light Mercy Hospital, will offer a single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine from 5pm-5pm during games at the Hawfield. Dlockfield on Thursday Whoever receives the shot will receive a voucher for hot dogs, water and sea dog biscuits. Plus free tickets to future games.
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