State health officials reported 313 cases of COVID-19 in Maine on Monday and caused 6 more deaths among patients with the disease.
To date, since the emergence of the coronavirus in Maine in March, the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tracked 29,611 confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases. The 313 cases reported on Monday were below the 7-day average of 522, although state health laboratories often receive fewer processing test results or results from other laboratories on weekends.
Six more people died on Monday, and the number of deaths in Maine due to the COVID-19 pandemic was 438.
At the same time, thousands of people are being vaccinated against COVID-19 every day, although the rate of vaccination in Maine and across the country has been slower than expected. The Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not released new data on Monday morning, but as of Sunday, Maine has conducted 54557 vaccinations. This includes the 48,937 initial dose of the two-injection protocol and the second injection of 5,620.
Maine receives an average of 12,000 vaccinations per week, which is far below the 50,000 vaccinations per week that state health officials aim to reverse the trend of the virus. Although Maine has been one of the states with the highest vaccination rates in the first few weeks of the vaccine’s launch, the federal government’s vaccine shipments have been slower than expected.
Maine’s vaccination program currently targets healthcare professionals, as well as residents and employees in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities. The next phase of vaccination is expected to start in February. The target population is Mainers 75 years or older and basic front-line workers such as police officers, teachers, grocery store workers, postal clerks, day care workers, and People engaged in food/agricultural production.
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