Maine COVID-19 hospital admissions rise to new record

In what has become a grim routine in recent days, Maine on Thursday saw the number of hospitalizations for COVID-19 rise again to a new record.

There are now 327 Mainers suffering from COVID-19 in hospitals across the state, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s from the previous record of 314, set on Wednesday.

Of them, a record 108 Mainers are in intensive care, while another 39 are on a ventilator. That’s a small drop from Wednesday and Tuesday and still shy of the high of 41 on Nov. 1.

The number of hospitalizations from COVID-19 has risen steadily since the beginning of October, after a sharp decline in September. That growth has accelerated in recent days, pushing some hospitals to capacity.

Nirav Shah, the director of the Maine CDC, said Tuesday that COVID-19 hospitalizations are still caused by unvaccinated people, who make up 60 to 70 percent of people being treated.

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