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Maine CDC reports another 590 COVID-19 cases, 1 additional death


#State health officials reported 590 new cases of COVID-19 on #Wednesday as well as one additional death.

The number of new infections reported in #Maine dipped over the weekend because fewer testing locations were open during the holiday. #But those numbers have begun to climb again — rising from 439 new cases on #Monday to 590 cases on both #Tuesday and #Wednesday — as additional tests are processed by or reported to the #Maine #Center for #Disease #Control and #Prevention.

#To date, the #Maine CDC has tracked 23,499 total cases of COVID-19 in #Maine, of which 20,064 are confirmed and 3,435 are considered probable. The one additional death reported on #Wednesday increased the total deaths among individuals with COVID-19 to 334 since the virus was first detected in #Maine in mid-March.

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A woman walks on #Fore #Street in #Portland on #Tuesday. #Derek #Davis/Staff #Photographer

#At the same time, the initial phase of #Maine’s COVID-19 vaccination plan is well underway. #As of #Wednesday morning, there had been 23,527 doses of either the #Pfizer or #Moderna vaccines administered in #Maine to health care workers, first responders, residents and staff of nursing homes, or other top-priority individuals. #That is an increase of roughly 3,900 vaccinations since #Tuesday morning.

#More than 2.3 million first doses in the two-shot vaccine regimens have been administered nationwide. #Maine’s vaccination rate of roughly 1.5 percent of the population was higher than all other states except #Alaska, #North #Dakota, #South #Dakota and #West #Virginia, according to tracking by #Bloomberg.

The seven-day rolling average of new daily cases stood at 432 on #Wednesday, compared to an average of 454 daily cases on #December 23 and just 73 cases per day for the week ending on #November 1.

#State and federal health officials are bracing for another spike in infections, hospitalizations and deaths in the coming weeks tied to gatherings and travel during the #Christmas and #New #Year’s holidays, similar to what happened nationwide after #Thanksgiving.

#Dr. #Nirav #Shah, the director of the #Maine CDC, has said he anticipates higher demand for testing following the holidays as out-of-state travelers comply with the state’s testing mandate or as individuals experience potential symptoms. #But #Shah said the state’s hospitals are prepared for a potential increase in severely ill patients and pointed out that, as of #Monday, there were 114 available ICU beds statewide.

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“That’s a good sign,” #Shah said on #Monday. “It means we’ve got headroom. #Even if the epidemic and the pandemic were to worsen significantly, we don’t have that challenge right now of needing to, say, stand up a mobile hospital. #That is a possibility and one we continue to plan around. #But for now, our primary aim is to make sure hospitals have everything they need to care for, within their four walls, patients who may be coming their way.”

#New hospitalization figures had not yet been posted #Wednesday by the #Maine CDC. #As of #Tuesday morning, there were 184 people statewide hospitalized with COVID-19, with 48 of those being treated in intensive care units. #That is down from a high of 198 hospitalizations on #Dec. 14.

#Shah is expected to provide an update on COVID-19 cases, outbreaks and deaths as well as the state’s vaccination effort at 2 p.m.

#Androscoggin and #Cumberland counties continue to have the highest infection rates of 243 and 240 cases, respectively, for every 10,000 residents compared to a statewide average of 176 cases for every 10,000 residents.

#Cumberland #County experienced the largest single-day jump in new confirmed or probable cases on #Wednesday with 176 additional cases followed by #York #County with 112 and #Androscoggin with 83. #New cases reported in other counties are as follows: 57 in #Aroostook; 48 in #Penobscot; 37 in #Kennebec; 17 in #Hancock; 15 in #Oxford; 14 in both #Somerset and #Washington; eight in #Knox; five in #Lincoln; four in #Sagadahoc; two in #Waldo; and one in both #Franklin and #Piscataquis.

#Maine has the third-lowest COVID-19 infection and death rate per 100,000 residents in the nation after #Hawaii and #Vermont, according to daily tracking by The #New #York #Times.

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