Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said Monday, Dec. 28, that an additional 439 people have tested positive for COVID-19 since yesterday. In all, he said, 22,319 individuals have had the disease in the state since the pandemic began, adding it is likely there will be an increase in cases in the coming days.

Laboratories might be working through one day of testing that did not get done because of the holidays, he said. Also, as people return to Maine from traveling during the holidays, many will get tested in accordance with the state mandate, he said, increasing the likelihood for more positive cases.

Three additional people have died because of COVID-19 since yesterday, Shah said. One was a man in his 80s, one was a man in his 70s, and one was a woman in her 70s. All three people were from York County, he said. In all, 326 people have died because of the disease in Maine, which marks an increase of 15 since Dec. 23.

In Waldo County, the death toll remains the same at 17. Currently there are 19 people hospitalized with COVID-19 and there are no new reported cases of the virus since yesterday. In all 367 people have tested positive for the disease in Waldo County.

If you discover you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus, Shah recommends people get tested five days after the last interaction with that individual. He also recommends staying indoors to prevent further transmission.

Currently across the state, 181 people are hospitalized with 48 in intensive care units and 14 on ventilators.

As of this morning, Shah said, 17,180 Maine people have received their first vaccination dose. Most of them are residents and staff of long-term care facilities, hospital workers, home health providers and EMS crews, he said.

In the third week of the vaccination rollout, Maine is expected to receive 19,125 doses, which include 10,725 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 8,400 of the Moderna vaccine. Of those doses, Shah said, approximately 8,000 will go to long-term care facilities and staff and 11,000 to hospitals, home health providers and EMS crews. This allotment, he said, is 370 doses fewer than were expected.