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Thursday, December 08, 2022

Maine’s COVID-19 hospitalizations are declining

Compared to the recent numbers, fewer people continue to be hospitalized with COVID-19, the state reported on Saturday.

According to the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 94 people in Maine hospitals have been diagnosed with the virus. The number of those patients is down from 107 on Friday and 111 on Thursday.

Intensive care is being taken for 19 people admitted to the hospital.

Overall, the number of hospitalizations has declined since a peak of 436 on January 13 during the Omicron boom.

On Saturday, the state also reported that three more people had died of COVID-19.

Since the start of the pandemic, 2,182 Mainers have died from the virus.

The state added 159 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday. Maine has reported a total of 233,696 cases of COVID-19. Those case numbers do not include people who have taken home tests with positive results.

Overall, this trend is good news with the declining number of cases in the United States and Maine.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its “community level” on Thursday, showing a low risk of transmission of the virus in 85 percent of the country. In addition, most of Maine — 11 of 16 counties, including Cumberland, York and Androscoggin — are color coded green, meaning a low risk of transmission. The US CDC calculates its community-level risk factors by combining case count with hospital capacity and new hospital admissions.

The red-coded counties, meaning a high risk of transmission, are Aroostuk and Washington; And three counties – Piscataquis, Penobscot and Hancock – are coded yellow, meaning there is a moderate risk of transmission, according to federal health officials. Areas coded as yellow and green are no longer recommended to wear masks in public, indoor places, except in those at high risk of serious illness. The CDC advises everyone in red code areas to wear a mask indoors, in public places.

The number of cases is increasing in Europe and China. Cities in China are battling coronavirus infections, resulting in new lockdowns, especially in Hong Kong. According to the Associated Press, many of those who recently died of the virus were elderly patients, most of whom had not been fully vaccinated.

On Friday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical adviser, told PBS that the United States usually follows the trend of the virus in Europe for about three weeks.

Looking at what is happening in the United Kingdom, “when you add the increased transmissibility of BA.2, which is a sublineage variant of the original Omicron,” together with the relaxation of mask wearing and decreased immunity to the vaccine, Other countries are seeing an increase in hospitalizations, Fauci said.

This could mean that cases in the United States will increase, but vaccination immunity and the degree of prior infection may protect against infection with serious diseases, Fauci said.


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