Maine reported 249 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and three more deaths, which continued a trend with higher numbers of cases.
The seven-day daily average of new cases was 174.1 on Monday, compared with 205.4 a week ago and 65.7 a month ago.
Dr. Nirav Shah, CDC director in Maine, briefs the media at 14 today.
In total, there have been 11,757 COVID-19 cases in Maine and 194 deaths.
Meanwhile, officials with another COVID-19 vaccine candidate, Moderna, said on Monday they would apply for approval from the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use of the vaccine, according to news reports. Pfizer applied earlier in November and will go before a panel of FDA researchers on December 10, while Moderna is expected to go before the same panel a week later, on December 17.
If both are approved, the Pfizer vaccine could begin being distributed to states around Dec. 15, with Moderna starting Dec. 21, company officials have said.
“It was the first time I allowed myself to cry,” said Dr. Tal Zaks, Mother’s Chief Medical Officer, CNN Monday. “We have a full expectation to change the course of this pandemic.”
Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have an efficiency of approx. 95 percent according to late-stage clinical trials.
The full rollout of the vaccines is expected in 2021, when public health officials are fighting clockwise against an exacerbated pandemic that is filling hospitals across the country. Maine is doing relatively well compared to most other states, but only because the pandemic is rising worse than Maine in most states. Maine’s seven-day average of daily cases was 12.3 per. 100,000 inhabitants, the third lowest in the country, according to the Harvard Global Health Institute. Hawaii had the lowest virus prevalence in the country 6.9.
Forty-five states had virus prevalence in at least double Maine, and Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota had rates approaching 10 times that of Maine or higher.
As conditions worsen, more people seek care in hospitals.
Several Maine hospitals last week reported a record number of inpatients with COVID-19, many of whom were in central and eastern Maine. On Monday, 139 people were in Maine hospitals for COVID-19 with 48 in intensive care.
Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor treated an average of 22.2 COVID-19 inpatients each day for the six days ending Wednesday – the highest COVID-19 patient burden in the state. MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta and Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston also beat their own records for COVID-19 patients.
York County has also seen an increase in hospital admissions, with Maine Health Care Medical Center in Biddeford and York Hospital reporting record highs.
This story will be updated.
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