Maine health officials reported just 42 new COVID-19 cases on Monday. This is the lowest daily number since last fall. and there were no additional deaths.
It was the second day in a row with fewer than 100 cases and the 11th of the number below 175 cases, a growing positive sign that continued advances in vaccination could prevent transmission. Spread the virus further as summer approaches.
No further deaths were reported in five days.
Monday’s overall outlook was affected by lower test volumes over the holiday weekend. however The seven-day average is now 101, the lowest since early November, down from 244 two weeks ago. and it dropped from a spring peak of 479 on April 17.
Since the pandemic reached Maine in March 2020, there have been 67,780 confirmed or likely cases of COVID-19 and 825 deaths, according to data tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Maine disease
Number of hospital patients in Maine infected with COVID-19 As of Monday, 96 were hospitalized, including 36 critically ill and 20 on ventilators. Before that, at least 100 were in hospital. Nurse infected with COVID-19 in Maine every day from April 17, and in most cases The person was not vaccinated. officials said
The New York Times reported Saturday that hospitalizations related to COVID-19 Nationwide, the number of cases fell below 27,000, the first time since the first day of the pandemic. The average daily number of cases in the US has dropped below 20,000 for the first time in more than a year. And daily mortality is at its lowest level since late March 2020, according to the US CDC.
for vaccination The state gave 716,427 first vaccinations, representing 53.3 percent of all Maine residents and 60.5 percent of those aged 12 years and over who were eligible for the vaccine, along with 699,816 in the last shot. They accounted for 52.1 percent of Maine residents and 59.1 percent of eligible Mainers vaccination.
Maine’s route has only Vermont in vaccination rates, according to a Bloomberg state-by-state tracker, although the pace has slowed for seven weeks in a row. And because gaps occur in certain geographic areas and with young people. last week The state cannot fire more than 10,000 rounds on any given day. For the first time since January
Cumberland County, which has the majority of the population in Maine, had the highest vaccination rate at 62.5 percent, while five counties remained below 45 percent, with Somerset County at the bottom. 41.2 percent) during the past month The counties with the lowest vaccination rates had the highest rates of new virus transmission.
Although Mainers age 50 and older are 76.6% fully vaccinated, this is down to 41.8 percent for individuals aged 12 to 49, the group responsible for most of the new COVID-19 cases.
The state continues to change strategies to try to reach young people. especially in rural areas Many vaccination clinics such as Scarborough Downs and the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor are now gone. In their premises are smaller, more diverse clinics. including mobile clinics with later hours and walk-in service available.
MaineHealth, the state’s largest health care provider, partnered with Becky’s Diner on a pop-up vaccination clinic this week. Anyone going to the main restaurant on Portland’s Commerical Street from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. can get vaccinated Includes a $15 gift card to Becky’s.
MaineHealth hopes to announce more business partnerships on pop-up clinics in the coming days. Public health officials also encourage businesses to contact if they are interested in setting up a workplace vaccination clinic.
A Berwick veteran marches on his 50th Memorial Day parade.