Over forty-six thousand doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Maine as of today according to Dr. Nirav Shah, Director of the Maine CDC. Most of them, just over 43,362, were first doses of the vaccine with 3,271 individuals having received both doses of the vaccine. Today, an “order” or more appropriately a request for 17,125 doses were placed – split almost evenly between the Pfizer and the Modena vaccines. This order is only 100 doses more than Maine received this week. That leaves Maine still lagging behind what it was originally promised from the Trump administration “The trend is upward…..and that’s a good thing,” said Dr. Shah.
Some media reported 41 new deaths today. Although Dr. Shah was careful not to diminish that tragic news, he explained how that figure came to be announced today. Thirty-five deaths occurred in December and just recently became part of the MaineCDC literature. Deaths occur in hospital, long-term care facilities to name several. Some deaths occur outside of the process. This death information came from information accumulated from state death certificates. “These 35 deaths did not occur in the past several days,” said Dr. Shah.
The seven day positivity rate for testing stands now at 6.06%.