133 New COVID-19 Cases in Maine and 17 Additional Deaths
According to the Maine CDC's Tuesday update, the cumulative number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Maine is now at 46,059 an increase of 133 since Monday. 35,974 of those cases are confirmed while 10,085 are deemed probable.
There were 17 new deaths reported of individuals with COVID-19 bringing the total number of deaths to 723. The higher then normal number of deaths reported by the Maine CDC is likely due to routine examining of death certificates. 1,580 patients have had to be hospitalized at some point. 67 are currently hospitalized with 16 in intensive care and 8 on a ventilator.
430,790 Mainers have been vaccinated, with 274,616 having had one dose and 156,174 having had both doses. The equates to approximately 32% of Mainers that have received the vaccine or the first of two does of the vaccine.
Since December 5, the Maine CDC has focused its efforts on following up with COVID-19 cases for those persons under 19 and over 64 and no longer provides full active case data. The University of Maine Presque Isle GIS Lab has started providing an estimated active case number which is calculated as the difference in total cases in a 12-day interval. That number on Tuesday was 1,942 estimated active cases, down 84 since Sunday.
On March 5, Governor Mills announced a plan to allow business to increase their capacity and removed restrictions on those traveling to and from Maine. All New England states no longer need to show proof of a negative COVID test or quarantine for 14 days when arriving in Maine.
Here's the timeline for relaxing restrictions on number or people allowed in businesses:
- For indoor gatherings, the percentage of capacity will increase to 50 percent starting March 26 and 75 percent starting May 24.
- For outdoor gatherings, the percentage of capacity will increase to 75 percent starting March 26 and 100 percent starting May 24.
- Those businesses that have more capacity under the current policy (50 people for indoor gatherings; 100 people for outdoor gatherings; or 5 people per 1,000 square feet) are permitted to maintain that standard until May 24.
Governor Mills has extended the State of Emergency in Maine through March 18, allowing Maine to continue to receive federal funding and use available resources to respond to COVID-19.
If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, including a runny nose, sore throat, dry cough, fever and in severe cases, difficulty breathing, the Maine CDC says you should call your doctor before going in so that they can prepare for your arrival. The Maine CDC continues to update with new information daily. Keep checking on our mobile app or website to get the latest.