The Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 49 new coronavirus infections and one death on Saturday, ending the week when pandemic preparedness in York County shifted from yellow to green.
The new designation will allow York County to resume student sports and other extracurricular activities. In late summer, the southernmost county of Maine became a “hot spot” of the coronavirus, but the number of cases has decreased over the past few weeks, health officials said.
On Saturday, the total case of the state of Maine rose to 5913, which since Friday was 48 cases. The recorded number of new cases on Saturday ̵1; 49 – exceeds the difference in daily results, because the state of Maine reviews its total number of cases based on how many later “probable” cases turned out to be negative, as well as the results of the contact investigation.
Of those 5,913 cumulative cases, 5,283 were confirmed by testing, and 630 are considered probable cases of COVID-19.
The man reportedly died Saturday, a man over 80 from York County, the CDC of Maine said. One hundred and forty-six people died from COVID-19 in Maine, and 5,112 recovered from the disease. There were 655 active cases in Maine on Saturday.
York County’s “green” status emerges after halving the number of new cases in two consecutive two-week periods. From September 17 to 30, the county reported 175 cases, and from October 2 to 15 – only 85. All counties in Maine are now green, but health officials say they are closely monitoring Androskogin, Somerset and Kennebeck.
However, the average daily total number of new cases has increased in recent months, from 14.1 two months ago to 28.9 months ago and 30.9 on Friday. The prevalence of viruses in Me remains one of the lowest in the country, second only to Vermont.
Meanwhile, Maine health officials are covering the vaccine. Maine submitted a vaccine distribution plan to the federal government on Friday, which prioritizes the protection of health workers and the elderly and takes racial justice into account when dispensing doses.
Assuming the stockpile is large enough, the state of Maine says it can vaccinate 80 percent of the state’s population in 12 weeks, making about 120,000 shots a week once the program is fully deployed.
The Maine Plan outlines four phases of distribution.
Phase 1 will include high-risk health workers, people in general facilities and some key workers. In the second stage, people with major diseases, school staff, correctional facilities and the elderly are vaccinated. Phase 3 will increase accessibility for young adults, children and people working in high-risk areas or major jobs that have not previously been offered the vaccine. And before phase 4, the vaccine will be available to everyone.
Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Health Center, warned that the search for a safe and effective vaccine would not lead to the negative disappearance of the virus.
“Vaccine approval day will not be the day when COVID-19 ends,” he told a news conference on Thursday. “It won’t make COVID-19 magically disappear overnight. Vaccines take time. “
Several vaccines are in the late stages of trials, accompanied by urgent demand. The Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved any of them, but may do so in early November. The spread will take place no earlier than a few months.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 832 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Androskoggin, 56 in Arustuk, 2421 in Cumberland, 73 in Franklin, 56 in Hancock, 288 in Kennebeck, 57 in Knox, 52 in Lincoln, 157 in Oxford. 271 in Penobskot, 10 in Piskatakis, 77 in Sagadakhok, 127 in Somerset, 102 in Waldo, 20 in Washington and 1313 in York.
At the age of 12.7 percent of patients were younger than 20 years, while 16.4 percent were at the age of 20, 15.4 percent – at 30, 13.9 percent – at 40, 16.1 percent at 50, 11.4 percent in 60, 7.2 percent in the 70’s, and 6.8 percent – 80 and more.
Women still make up the vast majority of cases – just over 51 percent.
Effective October 1, the CDC of Maine says it will no longer update hospital capacity data on weekends. There were 11 patients with COVID-19 in Maine hospitals on Friday, five of whom were in intensive care and one was on a ventilator. The staff had 93 beds in the intensive care unit out of a total of 382 and 252 ventilators out of 318. There were also 444 alternative ventilators.
According to Johns Hopkins University, 39.4 million cases of COVID-19 and 1.1 million deaths were reported worldwide on Saturday. There were more than 8 million cases and 218,000 deaths in the United States.
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