Maine COVID-19 Cases at Record Level in First Two Weeks of December
COVID-19 cases have surged across Maine since the first of December, with a record stretch of new cases and hospitalizations reaching their highest level since the pandemic started.
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday reported two more COVID-19 deaths and 1,504 new coronavirus cases. Aroostook County recorded 77 new cases.
Active infections across the state are estimated to be at least 10,640 as of Wednesday. The active case count in Aroostook County is over 930, according to the latest data.
Maine CDC says the number of people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Maine stands at 378. There are 123 patients being treated in ICU, with nearly half of those on ventilators.
Since December 1st, Maine has recorded 12,284 new coronavirus cases, 114 new hospitalizations and 51 deaths from COVID-19. Aroostook County recorded 1,133 new cases in that two week period.
One Year Since First COVID-19 Vaccination
MaineHealth administered the first vaccinations in the state on Dec. 15, 2020 to its caregivers treating COVID patients. One year later, just over 70% of eligible Maine residents are fully vaccinated.
Following the Thanksgiving holiday, however, Maine has been dealing with a surge of new cases and hospitalizations, as the delta variant continues to infect those most vulnerable.
The state is encouraging fully vaccinated Mainers to get a booster shot and for others who still have not been vaccinated, to get their shots as soon as possible to help stop the spread of the virus.