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CDC reports 403 new coronavirus cases, 119 people hospitalized

By Fran Gonzalez | Apr 22, 2021

Augusta — As of Thursday, April 22, there are 119 Mainers hospitalized with COVID-19, up from 104 two days ago, according to Mane Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Nirav Shah. Out of this total, 48 are in intensive care units and 18 are on ventilators.

The number of intensive care unit admissions is higher than it has been in recent months, he said. The case numbers have also increased, with more young people being hospitalized now.

Kennebec and Androscoggin counties have had higher-than-average hospitalizations, he said, which he attributed to community transmission.

Maine CDC reported 403 cases of COVID-19 throughout the state today, of which 221 were from yesterday, 154 were from April 20 and 28 were from April 19. One new death was reported today, a man in his 70s, from Kennebec County. The death raises the statewide total to 769 since the pandemic began.

Shah said 52% of eligible Mainers have received their first doses of vaccine and four out of 10 people have received all the shots they need.

While the hold on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has caused some people to be hesitant to get the vaccine in certain parts of the state, Shah said, most of Maine is seeing robust demand.

He discussed the different groups who are hesitant about getting the vaccine. There is a group of people that have not been vaccinated because scheduling is inconvenient to them, he said. He has found that another group still has questions and concerns. And a third group is dead-set against being vaccinated.

Shah said his agency is working to stimulate demand by getting information out to the public through Facebook and with public service announcements. Next week Maine will see a healthy increase in the doses of Moderna vaccine available, he said, which will allow more facilities to incorporate unscheduled vaccination hours.

Next week, with the added supply, the Maine CDC will allocate additional doses specifically to EMS clinicians sponsoring municipal sites across the state. Pop-up equity clinics servicing rural areas will also receive added supplies.

"We want to make getting a vaccination the easy choice," Shah said, with added early morning hours, later hours in the day, or with no appointment needed.

The mobile vaccination unit will be in Biddeford this Saturday, Shah said. To make an appointment for the mobile unit, call 888-445-4111. To see a listing of all available vaccination sites in Maine, visit maine.gov/covid19/vaccines/vaccination-sites.

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