Maine reached yet another high Sunday for admissions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
There were 287 patients with the virus, of which 80 in critical care and 30 in respirator.
That number exceeded the 280 reported on Wednesday. Hospital admissions have increased steadily and repeatedly exceeded previous records. The increase has been most dramatic in rural rural Maine hospitals, where fewer people have been vaccinated.
About two-thirds of hospital patients with the virus are not fully vaccinated, and the percentage is higher among those who are critically ill. A recent study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested that unvaccinated people are 12 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than fully vaccinated people.
The Maine CDC does not release new infection rates on Sundays, but the state has continued to see high daily cases. Even with nearly 70 percent of Maineers vaccinated, there are still 400,000 residents who have not received their shots and who are exposed to the highly contagious delta variant.
On Saturday, the seven-day daily average averaged 673, setting another new record. A month ago, there were 489 cases.
In Maine, there have been 115,857 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19, and 1,272 people with the virus have died, according to data from the state CDC. Even with the recent rise, both are among the lowest per. inhabitant of any state.
Maine has given 916,812 final doses of vaccine, accounting for 68 percent of all residents. The state began offering vaccines to children between the ages of 5 and 11 earlier this month. So far, 22,018 of these children have received the first doses, more than half of them in Cumberland and York counties.
In addition to the final doses, Maine has administered 246,646 booster doses. Last week, Governor Janet Mills opened the right to boosters for any adult who wants one, as long as at least six months have passed since their last dose of the original Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or two months after a one-dose Johnson & Johnson version . The federal government also opened up for vaccine boosters to all adults nationwide.
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