Maine CDC reports another 333 COVID-19 cases, 4 additional deaths – Press Herald

27December 2020

The Maine Center for Illness Control and Avoidance reported another 333 cases of the novel coronavirus and 4 additional deaths on Sunday as the state prepares to continue its roll-out of vaccines.

In total there have been 21,880 cases of COVID-19 in Maine given that the pandemic began, consisting of 18,769 validated and 3,111 possible cases. A total of 323 individuals have passed away.

The Maine CDC did not report case numbers Saturday since the state laboratory that processes screening samples did not do so on Christmas Day and other labs that generally report to the agency likewise did refrain from doing so.

When the lab closed for Thanksgiving last month, the Maine CDC reported lower than anticipated numbers the following weekend since less results were being available in from other labs in Maine and in other places in the United States over the holiday.

“We do expect an increase of COVID-19 test arises from outside labs early today, comparable to what happened after the Thanksgiving weekend, when most outdoors laboratories did not report arise from Thursday to Sunday,” Maine CDC spokesperson Robert Long stated in an e-mail Sunday. “The Maine CDC lab worked Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, however some outdoors labs did not report outcomes for those days.”

The people whose deaths were reported Sunday were a female in her 80s from York County, a male in his 90s from Cumberland County, a guy in his 50s from Cumberland County and a lady in her 80s from Oxford County.

On Sunday there were 189 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Maine, an increase of four because Friday. Fifty-four people were in critical care and 17 on a ventilator. There were 109 important care beds offered out of 377 overall and 234 ventilators available out of 318, not including 443 alternative ventilators. The seven-day average of daily new cases was at 448, a boost from 431 one week back.

Cumberland County blazed a trail in brand-new cases reported Sunday with 138, bringing that county’s overall number of validated and possible cases to 6,610 since the pandemic started. York County reported 100 brand-new cases for a total of 4,400. The next greatest number of brand-new cases reported Sunday was in Kennebec County, where 21 new cases brought the county’s overall to 1,611 to date.

Androscoggin County continues to have the highest case rate of Maine’s 16 counties with 227 cases per 10,000 residents.

The state is continuing to present vaccinations and will focus on healthcare workers and homeowners and staff of long-lasting care facilities with deliveries expected to arrive today. More than 17,000 people had actually been immunized since Sunday. Volunteers are stepping in to assist vaccinate front-line health care employees amid high need for the vaccine and a procedure that’s more lengthy and labor-intensive than some had actually expected.

Paramedics and Emergency medical technicians are also beginning to receive the vaccine as part of the state’s push to get health care workers vaccinated first. On Saturday and Sunday the Portland Fire Department vaccinated 80 firefighters who are cross-trained as paramedics and EMTs and who work supplying emergency medical services. Another 80 very first responders are set up for this week, said Deputy Fire Chief Kevin McGuire.

The department employs 207 firefighters, just four of whom are not accredited in emergency situation medication. The vaccine will be offered for those four at a later date when the state broadens accessibility beyond health care employees, McGuire said.

Earlier this month, 11 Portland firemens called out ill after being exposed to a colleague who later evaluated favorable for the virus. Three deputy chiefs were later on issued written reprimands for not imposing a policy that firefighters use masks at all times in stations when social distancing is not possible.

“This vaccine alters absolutely nothing for us in this minute,” McGuire said. “We made it clear our mask and travel policies are still in place. We don’t know what this will appear like a number of weeks from now after the 2nd dosage. We’re assuming there’s no defense up until after everyone has their second dose on board, but my hope remains in 4 or five months if thousands of people get immunized we will see active cases go down and we can begin considering altering policy. Personally, I will say there is some relief to see it’s here.”

Congress has actually overwhelmingly approved a $2.3 trillion costs plan that includes $900 billion in pandemic relief, and President Trump signed the legislation Sunday night.

Nationwide there has actually been an average of 188,892 day-to-day new cases each day over the recently, a reduction of 9 percent from the typical two weeks ago, according to The New York Times. Many states are improving in the variety of brand-new cases reported, but deaths continue to stay high. Maine is still doing well compared to other states in terms of typical new cases per 100,000 people, but the state is likewise continuing to see its highest varieties of the pandemic.

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