(Data: Sunday November 5th – Saturday December 11th 2021, Maine DHHS)

November 12, 2021 7-day metrics

Cases: 6,815     Total cases: 129,997

Positivity: 12.4%

Total deaths: 1,367

% Eligible Population Fully Vaccinated: 73.4%
Total Hospitalizations: 379

ICU: 120                      ICU beds available: 23 of 311 (adult), 8 of 59 (youth)

On a ventilator: 60                   Ventilators available: 168 of 308

This week 6,815 Mainers tested positive for Covid-19, up by nearly 2,200 cases from the week prior. Currently, more positive test results are coming in than Maine labs are able to process in a single day, so new staff is being hired and trained.

Additionally, 379 individuals were hospitalized this week due to Covid-19, setting another record in Maine. This is an increase of 58 hospitalizations in one week. Also in one week, the number of individuals in critical care units due to Covid-19 has risen from 100 to 120, while ventilator use due to Covid-19 continues to set new records, rising from 52 to 60 in just one week.

Regarding Covid-19 vaccinations, 73.4% of the population is fully vaccinated. Over the past week, the average number of doses being administered has been 9,377 doses per day, which is a 67% increase in just one week. Of the eligible population, 83% has received at least one dose of a vaccine. For those over the age of 18 (the eligible age for receiving booster doses), 34% have received a booster.

During Wednesday’s press briefing, Governor Mills spoke of her plan to deploy National Guard members to aid the State in the fight against Covid-19. Recognizing that healthcare workers are stretched thin, and that hospitals are at – or reaching – capacity, the Governor expects at least 75 members of the National Guard to begin providing assistance this week through the end of January.

Free Vaccine and booster Clinics

This is a partial list. For a complete listing: https://www.maine.gov/covid19/vaccines/vaccination-sites

Central Maine Health Care/Auburn Mall

Tuesday-Friday  8am-5pm.

All vaccines including booster doses of Pfizer are available. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 207-520-2917 or visiting https://www.cmhc.org/get-covid-vaccine/. but walk-ins are also available.

Pediatric doses are available in the former Wilson store: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 2-6pm. 

Gateway Community Services Maine/Lewiston

Friday, December 17, 3:30-6pm.

Offering J&J and Pfizer, first, second, and booster doses. Free and no appointment needed. To reserve a dose email Hodan Ali.

Gateway Community Services Maine/ Portland Thursday, December 16, 4-6pm. Offering J&J  and Pfizer, first, second, and booster doses.  Vaccine clinic will be free and open to the public. No appointment needed. To reserve a dose, email Cadeau Assoumani..
Multicultural Community and Family Support Services/LewistonLewiston

Tuesday, December 21, Pediatric vaccination clinic for ages 5-11 from 4pm-6pm at 292 Bates Street. No appointment is needed.

MAIN/Community Health Nursing/Portland Vaccinations available every Friday from 3:00-5:30 at 237 Oxford Street, Suite 25A. Pfizer, Moderna, J&J all available. Pfizer booster doses can be administered here. Community Health Workers on site to provide translation for Somali, Arabic, French, Lingala, and Swahilients at [email protected]
Northern Light Health Home Care & Hospice/South Portland Walk-in COVID vaccine clinic at the former Pier 1 at the Maine Mall.

Wednesday 12/15   1pm-7pm
Thursday 12/16   1pm-7pm
Friday 12/17  9am-6pm
Saturday 12/18  12pm-5pm Monday 12/20  1pm-7pm
Tuesday 12/21  1pm-7pm
Wednesday 12/22  1pm-7pm All vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer, and J&J) will be available to all eligible ages, including children 5-11 and those looking for boosters.
Augusta Armory/Augusta

A free, walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be held at the Augusta Armory, 179 Western Avenue in Augusta through the end of December 2021. All vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J) will be offered and first, second, booster, and pediatric doses will all be available. Times and dates for this clinic will vary – call 207-816-1259 for updates.

Governor Mills has requested the help of Federal Covid-19 Response Teams. If approved, this would allow for additional physicians, nurses, and CNAs to supplement current staff to provide care for Covid-19 patients. It would also provide support for hospitals and nursing facilities and also focus support on hospitals with critical care sites. The Response Teams are part of President Biden’s Winter Covid-19 Response Plan.

Governor Mills and Dr. Shah of the Maine CDC urge all Mainers to get fully vaccinated. This is the best protection against Covid-19, including the Delta and Omicron variants. Vaccination clinics are popping up around the state regularly – stay tuned to Amjambo Africa to find out where. Or visit: www.maine.gov/covid19/vaccines/vaccination-sites