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COVID-19 cases fall after weeks of increase

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After weeks of increases, the percentage of positive COVID-19 cases at LincolnHealth has dropped 3.52%, but remains relatively high at 12.68%, hospital spokesman John Martins said by e -mail.

“As we’ve written many times over the past few years, one week doesn’t make a trend, but hopefully this short streak of increases has passed,” Martins wrote. “With more people gathering in public places and not wearing masks or social distancing, it is difficult to predict the future with COVID-19.”

The number of monthly tests for COVID-19 performed in April, 670, is the highest since January, when the virus was at its peak, Martins said.

Anyone can walk into any Lincoln Medical Partners primary care office and receive vaccinations, Martins said. Appointments can be made at vaccine.mainehealth.org and you do not have to be a Lincoln Medical Partners patient.

He said demand for vaccine boosters, especially the second booster, was low.

MaineHealth, the health system to which LincolnHealth belongs, maintains a database of COVID-19 information accessible online here: mainehealth.org/Coronavirus-COVID-19/what-to-do.

The health system also recommends staying home if sick, testing for COVID-19 if showing symptoms or coming into contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive, and seeking treatment if needed.

According to data from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention through May 3, since COVID-19 arrived in Lincoln County in March 2020, 5,464 residents have had the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus – 4,621 cases confirmed and 843 probable.

Deaths among county residents remained steady at 35.

Lincoln County has a “moderate to high” rate of vaccine doses administered per 100,000 population compared to other counties in the state at 217,791.77.

The number does not represent fully vaccinated individuals, and since the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines both require two doses, the number may be greater than 100,000.

Lincoln County census data provided by the Maine CDC lists a population of 34,634. Of those residents, 26,603, or 76.81%, received their first dose of vaccine and 21,538, or 78.79%, received the second and final dose, according to agency data.

A total of 75,430 doses of vaccine were administered, 711 doses more than last week. Those counted in the final dose category either received the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the single shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

There were 21,538 additional or booster injections given to Lincoln County residents.

The vaccine is provided by all LincolnHealth primary care practices, as well as a Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine booster. Call the MaineHealth Vaccine Assistant at 1-877-780-7545 or visit vaccine.mainehealth.org to schedule an appointment.

According to a database maintained by the Maine CDC, vaccine appointments can be requested at Hannaford in Damariscotta, Walgreens in Damariscotta and Boothbay Harbor, and Wiscasset Family Medicine.

Patients at the Sheepscot Valley Health Center in Coopers Mills can call 549-7581 to schedule an appointment for a vaccine.

To book an appointment at Hannaford, go to hannaford.com/pharmacy/covid-19-vaccine.

To book an appointment at Walgreens, go to walgreens.com/schedulevaccine or call 1-800-WALGREENS.

To make an appointment at Wiscasset Family Medicine, call 207-882-6008.

According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, the seven-day average positivity rate for Maine is 8.02%, up from 5.92% last week.

State COVID-19 Numbers

Based on current data as of May 3, the Maine CDC has reported 243,128 cases of COVID-19 in Maine, an increase of 4,971 from the previous week. Of these cases, 68,382 are probable.

There have been 4,767 hospitalizations in the state. There have been 2,296 COVID-19 deaths in Maine so far, including 14 reported in the past week. The statewide case rate is 1,853.7 per 10,000 people, up from 1,816.6 last week.