The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported another 333 cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, along with the deaths of four more people.
In total, there have been 21,880 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, including 18,769 confirmed and 3,111 probable cases. A total of 323 people were killed.
The CDC did not report the case numbers on Saturday because the state laboratory that tests samples did not do so on Christmas Day, and other laboratories that normally report to the CDC did not do so either.
The number of people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Maine was not immediately available Sunday morning. As of Friday, there were 185 people in the hospital. Fifty-four people were in critical care and 16 people were in a ventilator. The seven-day average of daily new cases is at 448, up from 431 a week ago.
Cumberland County has taken the lead in new cases reported Sunday with 138, bringing the province’s total number of confirmed and probable cases to 6,610 since the pandemic began. York County reported 100 new cases for a total of 4,400. The next number of new cases reported Sunday was in Kennebec County, where 21 new cases have so far brought the province to 1,611.
Androscoggin County still has the highest percentage of Maine’s 16 counties with 227 cases per 10,000 residents.
The state continues to carry out vaccinations and will prioritize health care workers and residents and staff of long-term care functions, with the shipment expected this week. More than 16,200 people have been vaccinated since Saturday.
Volunteers are also stepping in to help frontline health workers vaccinate amid high demand for the vaccine and a process that is more time-consuming and labor-intensive than some expected.
Congress has predominantly approved a $ 2.3 billion spending package that includes $ 900 billion in pandemic relief, but the president has yet to sign the legislation. Millions of Americans are likely to see a decline in unemployment benefits as the pandemic continues and the relief for businesses, families and schools remains uncertain.
Nationwide, there were an average of 188,892 daily new cases per day over the past week, according to the New York Times. Many states are improving in the number of new cases reported, but deaths remain high. Maine is still doing well compared to other states in terms of average new cases per 100,000 people, but the state also continues to see its highest number of pandemics.
This story will be updated.
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