Maine reported 199 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and two additional deaths.
It was the fourth consecutive day of fewer than 200 cases.
The seven-day daily case average now stands at 240, which is down from 297 two weeks ago and from a spring high of 475 cases on average this time last month. There have now been 66,113 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 and 805 deaths since the pandemic reached Maine 14 months ago, according to data tracked by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Hospitalizations had not been updated Tuesday morning, but as of Monday there were 110 individuals in the hospital with COVID-19, the lowest since April 21. Of those, 42 were in critical care and 19 were on ventilators.
As for vaccinations, Maine has administered 675,792 first doses, accounting for 50.3 percent of all residents, and 640,361 final doses, covering 47.6 percent of the population.
Maine still ranks tops among all states in percentage of population that is fully vaccinated, according to a Bloomberg tracker, even though weekly vaccinations have decreased for five consecutive weeks. Other vaccine trackers may give different results because they use other population figures, but all generally place Maine and other New England states at the top for vaccination rates, well above the national rate, which is about 37 percent.
From Sunday through Saturday last week, the state averaged 8,411 shots per day, according to the Maine CDC, even though eligibility expanded to 12- to 15-year-olds. The previous week, the average was 9,504 shots per day. The daily average hasn’t been this low since February, when Maine was still vaccinating primarily older residents.
Vaccinations have declined each week since peaking at more than 17,500 per day the week of April 4, the same week all Mainers 16 and older became eligible under the state’s updated vaccination plan.
Maine and the country are less than one week away from lifting mask requirements for vaccinated individuals in public settings, both indoor and outdoor. There will still be some instances where masks are required, including on public transportation and in some businesses that choose to keep the mandate in place. Unvaccinated individuals are still supposed to wear masks, although compliance will be on the honor system.
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