AUGUSTA — The data coming from Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Wednesday, Feb. 9, shows a week of positive trends. 

Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine CDC, said hospitalizations, intensive care admissions and ventilator usage were all down from last week, along with a significant drop in the PCR positivity rate. 

As of today, 304 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, down from 408 two weeks ago. There are 70 people in ICUs, down from 88 two weeks ago. There are now 234 non-ICU patients, where two weeks ago there were 320. Similarly, 27 people are currently on ventilators, down from 38 two weeks ago.

The COVID-19 positivity rate has also been trending down, Shah said. Right now the rate stands at 10.2%, down from 17.4% two weeks ago. The testing volume is at 532 per every 100,000 people in the state. 

The Maine CDC is receiving 1,057 positive PCR and antigen test results to process daily, down from 1,065 just last week, Shah said. Maine CDC continues to have a large backlog of positive cases to process; it is now 53,000.

Three additional deaths were reported at the Feb. 9 media briefing, including one person from Kennebec County, one from Somerset County and one from York County. One was a woman and two were men; one was in their 70s, while two were in their 80s. In all, 1,819 people have died from COVID-19 related causes since the pandemic began

Across the state, Maine has administered 1,725 doses of COVID-19 vaccine every day over the past seven days, with 58% of all shots being boosters.

Shah reminded people his agency is no longer conducting contact tracing, and that if they test positive for the virus they should isolate, then notify all people they have been in close contact with. People who are COVID-19 positive can seek additional information at, maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/coronavirus/covid.shtmlk.

Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew of the Department of Health and Human Services said today Maine is distributing $116 million in Mainecare payments to home and community-based service providers for bonuses to more than 20,000 direct support workers. The effort is aimed at attracting and retaining qualified support workers to help ease the worker shortage.

Lambrew said currently many people are awaiting placement from hospitals into home care and community-based facilities, and her agency is trying to support the full array of services within the state.

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