Maine reported 11 deaths and 715 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday as the virus is looking for new victims across the state.
After two days of relatively low numbers, including 313 new cases on Monday and 273 new cases on Sunday, the total number of cases reported on Tuesday returned to the higher numbers in December and early this month.
The 7-day daily average since January 2 has exceeded 500.
Since the pandemic began, Maine has reported 30,326 COVID-1
Bloomberg News Vaccine Tracker shows that Maine’s COVID-19 vaccination rate is the third highest in the United States, providing four doses per 100 residents, second only to West Virginia and South Dakota.
Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Monday that the agency is working with hospitals to get the vaccine quickly, and there have been reports in other states that the vaccine has not been shelved.
Maine is currently in Phase 1A of the vaccination program, which includes immunizing 130,000 medical staff, nursing home staff, residents and nursing staff. So far, about 50,000 people have been vaccinated with the vaccine, and nearly 6,000 of them have received two doses of the vaccine and have been fully vaccinated.
Phase 1B is expected to begin in February. As of now, this phase includes seniors over the age of 75, as well as basic jobs for frontline and senior citizens, such as police officers, teachers, postal staff and grocery store clerk. But Shah said, discuss exactly which groups will be at the top of Phase 1B.
Stage 1C (the stage between 65-74 years old) is high-risk health conditions such as basic workers and young people. It is not expected to start before the spring, and the general population may be vaccinated in late spring or summer.
Shah said the state is still drawing up plans for mass vaccination campaigns, which faces logistical challenges in view of the risk of spreading mass gatherings. Mass vaccination campaigns can be held in municipal centers, schools or community centers.
This story will be updated.
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