Maine Averaging Over 15,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses a Day
According to the Maine CDC's Thursday update, 483,292 Mainers have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 340,301 are fully vaccinated. That equates to approximately 30% of Mainers that have completed vaccinations and 43% of Mainers that have received the first of two doses of the vaccine. 26,436 doses were reported as distributed on the first day that the state opened eligibility for the vaccine to Mainers 16 and over.
The cumulative number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Maine is now at 52,996 an increase of 319 since Wednesday. 40,290 of those cases are confirmed while 12,706 are deemed probable.
There was one additional death reported of an individual with COVID-19 bringing the total number of deaths to 748. 1,711 patients have had to be hospitalized at some point. 78 are currently hospitalized with 30 in intensive care and 10 on a ventilator.
On March 5, Governor Mills announced a plan to allow businesses to increase their capacity and removed restrictions on those traveling to and from Maine. All New England states no longer need to show proof of a negative COVID test or quarantine for 14 days when arriving in Maine.
Here's the timeline for relaxing restrictions on number or people allowed in businesses:
- For indoor gatherings, the percentage of capacity increased to 50 percent on March 26 and will increase to 75 percent May 24.
- For outdoor gatherings, the percentage of capacity increased to 75 percent March 26 and will increase to full capacity starting May 24.
- Those businesses that have more capacity under the current policy (50 people for indoor gatherings; 100 people for outdoor gatherings; or 5 people per 1,000 square feet) are permitted to maintain that standard until May 24.
Governor Mills has extended the State of Emergency in Maine through April 15, allowing Maine to continue to receive federal funding and use available resources to respond to COVID-19.
If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, including a runny nose, sore throat, dry cough, fever and in severe cases, difficulty breathing, the Maine CDC says you should call your doctor before going in so that they can prepare for your arrival. The Maine CDC continues to update with new information daily. Keep checking on our mobile app or website to get the latest.