After a drop in coronavirus hospitalizations this week the numbers are starting to rise back up again. As of Saturday, 338 people in Maine spent New Year’s day in the hospital with COVID. 115 people were in critical care and 57 were on a ventilator. There are just 49 unoccupied ICU beds remaining.
Maine recorded its first case of COVID-19 on March 12, 2020. The first coronavirus-related death in the state was reported on March 27, 2020. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, for most people. However, for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
The Maine CDC stresses that if you have symptoms of coronavirus to call your doctor before showing up so that they can plan accordingly. The CDC and 211 launched an option for Maine to get answers to questions about COVID-19 at any time. This service is available by dialing 211 (or 1-866-811-5695), texting your ZIP code to 898-211, or emailing [email protected]Maine.org.
CDC advised people to Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.