The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday reported 53 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death, ending a week in which Governor Janet Mills announced she would end the state of emergency of the pandemic era on June 30.
Mills’ action on Friday will end Maine’s mask tenure for public schools and daycares, and comes as Maine’s vaccination rate continues to rise – to 62.8% among eligible residents on Saturday – and that the number of daily cases remains low.
“Today we take another important step in our return to normalcy,” Mills said in a statement Friday. “After fifteen long difficult months, the end of the state of civil emergency is a welcome step that reflects the progress Maine has made in getting people vaccinated, reducing the spread of the virus and getting back to normalcy.”
Cumulative COVID-19 cases in Maine rose to 68,540 on Saturday. Of these, 50,136 have been confirmed by testing and 18,404 are considered probable cases of COVID-19. The seven-day average of new daily cases was 55.1, while the 14-day average was 63.5 cases.
Eight hundred and forty-five people have died from COVID-19 in Maine since the start of the pandemic. The person who is believed to have died on Saturday was a Washington County man in his 60s, the Maine CDC said.
Mills rolled back the restrictions on a day when only 38 new cases were reported, which, except for last Monday’s total, was the lowest since October.
“The people of Maine have persevered,” the governor added in his statement. “And although challenges remain, we will overcome them together as we did last year.”
Hospitalizations are also at a low point, although Maine CDC director Dr Nirav Shah warned on Friday that the remaining COVID-19 hospital patients are “trending younger and often sicker, requiring longer stays.” Most of these people are also not vaccinated, he said.
Forty-five people were in hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 on Friday. On Saturday, hospitalizations rose slightly to 48.
Shah said on Friday he was planning another visit to the Rising Tide Brewing Co. mobile vaccination clinic in Portland on Saturday with his dog Quincy. The clinic operates from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Sunday at 103 Fox St., and will offer free injections of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, without an appointment.
Quincy wants to visit the @fema vaccination clinic again, so we will be there Saturday from noon.
– Nirav D. Shah (@nirav_mainecdc) June 11, 2021
Meanwhile, on Friday, five counties – Aroostook, Knox, Oxford, Piscataquis and Sagadahoc – reported no new cases. In Oxford County, this is the first time this has happened since December. The seven-day case average was 3.3 on Friday.
As of Saturday morning, Maine had given 731,507 people the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and, with increased distribution of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 744,421 had received a final dose. Of the state’s 1.3 million residents, 54.4% had received a first dose.
Of those 12 years of age and older, the population currently eligible for vaccination, 62.86 percent are now fully vaccinated.
County by county on Saturday, there had been 8,355 coronavirus cases in Androscoggin, 1,884 in Aroostook, 17,196 in Cumberland, 1,362 in Franklin, 1,370 in Hancock, 6,555 in Kennebec, 1,142 in Knox, 1,075 in Lincoln, 3,620 in Oxford, 6,279 in Penobscot, 573 in Piscataquis, 1,471 in Sagadahoc, 2,257 in Somerset, 1,043 in Waldo, 927 in Washington and 13,431 in York.
By age, 18.8 percent of patients were under 20, while 18.3 percent were in their twenties, 15.2 percent in their thirties, 13.5 percent in their forties, 14.5 percent one hundred in their fifties, 10.2 percent in their sixties, 5.3 percent in their 70s, and 4.2 percent were 80 or older.
Of the 48 COVID-19 patients in hospitals in Maine on Saturday, 28 were in intensive care and 14 were on ventilators. The state had 85 intensive care unit beds out of a total of 378 and 242 ventilators available out of 319. There were also 451 reciprocating ventilators.
Worldwide as of late Saturday afternoon, there were 175.4 million known cases of COVID-19 and 3.78 million deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. The United States has recorded 33.4 million cases and 599,642 deaths.
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