(Data: Sunday Nov 21st – Saturday November 27th 2021, Maine DHHS)

November 27, 2021 7-day metrics

Cases: 5,850     Total cases: 118,489

Positivity: 12.4%

Total deaths: 1,303

% Eligible Population Fully Vaccinated: 71.6%
Total Hospitalizations: 323 (280)

ICU: 104 (77)   ICU beds available: 44 of 308 (adult), 13 of 61 (youth)

On a ventilator: 40 (36)            Ventilators available: 209 of 306

Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in Maine. The positivity rate has jumped in the past week, and total hospitalizations from Covid-19 have increased from 280 individuals to 323 in the past seven days. The number of individuals in critical care has increased from 77 to 104 during this time.

Due to Thanksgiving, Maine CDC provided no formal press briefing last Wednesday. However, especially with several holidays now and throughout the month, Maine CDC is urging caution for families and individuals who may gather this season, and provides advice for every-day living during the pandemic:

Take Every Precaution

Take simple steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19, such as:

  • Wear cloth face coverings when in public, when around people who don’t live in your household, and when you can’t stay 6 feet away from others, including when you are outside.
    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
    • Stay home as much as possible

 

Know the Symptoms

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or
      difficulty breathing
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

 

Seek Medical Care if Needed

If you are symptomatic or are a close contact to a COVID-19 case, you should be tested. You can find a state-sponsored test site near you on the Keep Maine Healthy testing page. Always call before you arrive to let them know you are coming.

If You Test Positive

Please isolate immediately. Do not wait for a call from Maine CDC to isolate. You should stay in isolation until you meet the criteria to leave. Let your close contacts know about their exposure. If you had close contact with a positive case: Quarantine at home for 10 days from your last exposure to the positive case. You should stay in quarantine until you meet the criteria to leave.

Maine CDC continues to urge that receiving a full Covid-19 vaccination is the best approach to keeping you and your family or peers safe from the virus. To find a vaccination site for your first, final, or booster shot, please visit: www.maine.gov/covid19/vaccines/vaccination-sites

Other noteworthy news this week includes reports of a newly defined coronavirus variant, Omicron, which has been designated by the World Health Organization as a Variant of Concern. This variant may be more transmissible than the current Delta variant, but is still very new, with most cases appearing across South Africa and spreading into other countries over just the past week. At this time, WHO is monitoring the variant and working across the globe to advise agencies, such as the US CDC, on the spread of Omicron and precautionary approaches that may be necessary to mitigate the variant. More news is likely to develop in the US in the coming weeks.