Maine Seeing Increase of COVID-19 in Those Under Age 29
According to the Maine CDC's Wednesday update, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Maine is now at 66,315 an increase of 202 since Tuesday. 48,681 of those cases are confirmed while 17,634 are deemed probable.
Two new deaths were reported of individuals with COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 807. 1,957 patients have had to be hospitalized at some point. 113 are currently hospitalized with 42 in intensive care and 20 on a ventilator.
680,332 Mainers have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 646,338 are fully vaccinated. That equates to approximately 48% of all Mainers who are fully vaccinated and 51% who have received the first of two doses of the vaccine. Over 1.2 million doses in total have been given to Mainers.
During the Wednesday 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.
On May 13, Governor Mills announced that Maine was updating its public health guidance to lift all capacity limits and requirements to physically distance in all indoor and outdoor settings effective May 24. Face coverings must still be worn in public indoor settings.
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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