Maine CDC reports 462 new COVID-19 cases, 4 additional deaths

Maine CDC reports 462 new COVID-19 cases, 4 additional deaths

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported 462 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, along with four additional deaths.

There have now been 38,170 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 and 562 deaths since the pandemic reached Maine a little more than 10 months ago, but 16,290 of those have come in the last month alone. The 7-day average stood at 459 on Wednesday, up from 448 this time last month and up from 221 two months ago.

On Dec. 31, there were 347 deaths statewide. Since 2021 started, there have been 215 additional deaths reported, although some of those actually occurred in December but were not reported to or confirmed by the CDC immediately.

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Hospitalizations had not been updated Wednesday, but as of Tuesday there were 194 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, including 59 in critical care and 25 on a ventilator. The number of hospitalizations has remained steadily high for more than a month, ranging from a low of 177 people on Dec. 30 to a high of 207 on Jan. 13.

Meanwhile, Maine’s vaccination rate of 8.2 doses per 100 people is 10th highest in the nation. As of Tuesday, 89,654 people had received one dose and 25,559 — of about 2.3 percent of resident over 18 — had received both doses. The state has started vaccination older residents and those with high-risk health conditions as part of Phase 1B, but that group has nearly 200,000 people and supply has been limited.

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The Biden administration announced Tuesday that it was increasing allocations to states by as much as 16 percent next week, but it’s not known yet how much Maine might get. Additionally, the new administration said it is close to securing an additional 200 million doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which would bring the U.S. total to 600 million doses by summer, enough to vaccinate all people currently considered eligible.

This story will be updated.

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