Maine reports 597 brand-new cases of COVID-19, 9 additional deaths – Press Herald

5January 2021

Maine reported 597 brand-new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, a sharp increase from the previous three days, which saw numbers in the 300s. Nine extra Maine individuals passed away of COVID-19.

Given that the pandemic began, 26,565 people have checked favorable in Maine for COVID-19, with 369 deaths.

Dr. Nirav Shah, Maine Centers for Illness Control and Prevention director, said throughout a media instruction on Monday that in the very first few days of the New Year, Maine may still have actually been experiencing a lag in reported cases, not just from labs capturing up in reporting outcomes to the state health company from the holiday, but likewise individuals might have postponed getting checked around the New Year’s Day vacation.

Still, it’s possible Maine might have reached a high plateau although it might always turn even worse again, he said.

There were 376 brand-new COVID-19 reported cases on Monday, 350 on Sunday and 342 on Saturday, however in the last week of 2020, Maine experienced case counts in the upper 500s and 700s each day. The seven day everyday average of new cases stood at 522.3 on Tuesday, compared to 452.3 a week earlier and 262.7 a month earlier.

Shah stated on Monday that Maine is thinking about altering its vaccination prepare for Stage 1B, which includes those 75 and older and necessary employees, such as grocery store clerks, instructors and law enforcement officers. Shah said state officials are talking about whether to prioritize within that group, such as beginning vaccinations with those in even older age classifications, or perhaps moving some of the important workers to later on in Stage 1B. No decisions have been made.

Maine is still in the middle of immunizing Phase 1A, which includes 130,000 people, mostly frontline healthcare workers, paramedics and staff and locals of retirement home. Phase 1B will include about 200,000 individuals. Since Tuesday, 35,536 Mainers have actually received at least the very first dosage of the vaccine.

There are 191 people presently hospitalized in Maine, with 50 in vital care.

Shah said a more contagious variation of COVID-19 has not yet been identified in Maine, but it’s likely simply a “matter of time” before it gets here. A few states have actually found the new pressure, consisting of Colorado, California and New York. Shah stated the vaccine will still be extremely effective against the new version, however knowing it’s more contagious makes wearing masks and social distancing even more essential.

The deaths on Tuesday consisted of a male in his 80s from Aroostook County; a woman in her 80s from Aroostook County; two men in their 70s from Cumberland County; a guy in his 70s from Penobscot County; a woman in her 70s from Somerset County; a male in his 80s from York County; a lady in her 70s from York County; and two women in their 90s from York County.

This story will be updated.

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