Maine CDC Reports Lowest New COVID Cases Since February
According to the Maine CDC's Monday update, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Maine is now at 67,071 an increase of 92 since Sunday and the lowest case number reported since February 16. 49,170 of those cases are confirmed while 17,901 are deemed probable.
2 additional deaths were reported of individuals with COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 822. 1,982 patients have had to be hospitalized at some point. 118 are currently hospitalized with 44 in intensive care and 18 on a ventilator.
701,715 Mainers have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 661,896 are fully vaccinated. That equates to approximately 50% of all Mainers who are fully vaccinated and 52% who have received the first of two doses of the vaccine. Over 1.3 million doses in total have been given to Mainers.
During the May 19 briefing, Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah noted that of the new COVID-19 cases reported since April 1, 45% of new cases have been Mainers under the age of 29. Due to the increase in cases of COVID in younger people in Maine, he urged those in that age group to get vaccinated.
All business capacity limits and requirements to physically distance in all indoor and outdoor settings were lifted May 24. On that day, State mask requirements were lifted as well for those that are fully vaccinated, though private businesses can still require those entering to wear masks.
Governor Mills has renewed the State of Emergency in Maine through June 12, allowing Maine to continue receiving federal funding and using available resources to respond to COVID-19.
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