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Maine coronavirus updates: 313 additional cases, 6 additional deaths reported Monday

Find developments on the Maine coronavirus, COVID-19 outbreak as we work together to separate facts from fear. Monday, January 11, 2021.

MAINE, USA — KEY MAINE CORONAVIRUS FACTS

MONDAY, JANUARY 11

The Maine CDC reported six additional deaths of people with COVID-19. The state death toll stands at 438 deaths.

The Maine CDC reported 313 additional COVID-19 cases.

Of the 29,611 total COVID-19 cases in Maine, 24,679 are confirmed by tests and 4,932 are probable.

1,171 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point during their COVID-19 illnesses.

11,752 Mainers have completed COVID-19 isolation.

The Maine CDC is scheduled to provide a state coronavirus update at 2 p.m. Monday. NEWS CENTER Maine will stream the update live on air, as well as on our website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and mobile app.

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Monday Coronavirus Briefing

Six additional deaths reported Monday include two Aroostook County residents, one resident from Kennebec County, a resident of Waldo County, and two residents of York County. Four who died were women, while two were men. 

Shah said one of the individuals who died was between the age of 40 and 49. Another was a person in their 70s, and four were people in their 80s. 

Currently, 191 individuals are hospitalized in Maine with COVID-19; 58 of those are in the ICU, and 25 are on a ventilator. 

The seven-day PCR test positivity rate is 5.72 percent–"thankfully a number that has decreased just in the past seven days," Shah noted. Shah says some of that corresponds with an increase in testing volume, which stands at 623 tests per 100,000 people. 

The antigen test positivity rates have held steady, Shah said. Right now, the seven-day antigen test positivity rate is 8.07 percent with a volume of 191 per 100,000 people. 

Overall, 55,775 have received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Of those, 49,794 have gotten their first dose, and 5,981 people have no received both doses. 

On Monday, the Maine CDC opened an outbreak investigation into Pam's Play Daycare Center in Sidney, where there are at least 10 cases of COVID-19. 

Shah says those who have had COVID-19 and recovered should still get vaccinated. Here's why. Shah explains that although the body's own immune system produces some degree of response after you've been exposed to COVID-19, the early data from at least two of the vaccines that are being distributed (Pfizer, Moderna), suggest that the strength of immunity that is produced with the vaccine may be in fact stronger than the immunity the body itself makes after having COVID. 

For this reason, the U.S. CDC recommends that even individuals who have recovered from COVID, still be vaccinated. That's not to say, however, they need to be the first in line for the vaccine because the body does provide at least some immunity for 90 days. But having additional vaccine on board is thought to boost the body's own immunity to make the body's immune system even stronger and protect against the virus. 

Shah addressed media reports of individuals who have been vaccinated who a few days later test positive. Shah says it's not the vaccine that would cause this. In many, if not all, of those instances, Shah says, what's happening is something that's been discussed before, just in a new application. Individuals can be exposed to the virus but not show any symptoms of having COVID for a number of days. This is called the "incubation period": the time you were first exposed to a virus and when you start showing symptoms. That period with COVID can be several days long. During that time period, a small number of people may have been exposed to the virus, and then got vaccinated. 

The vaccine, based on all the data available, does not cause you to test positive in a PCR test after you have received it. It will, however, potentially make an antibody test turn positive. Which is not a bad thing, Shah says, and it does not mean you have COVID. 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10

The Maine CDC reported no additional COVID-19-related deaths Sunday.

The state death toll stands at 432 deaths.

The Maine CDC reported 279 additional COVID-19 cases Sunday.

Of the 29,298 total COVID-19 cases in Maine, 24,430 are confirmed by tests and 4,868 are probable.

1,158 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point during their COVID-19 illnesses.

11,735 Mainers have completed COVID-19 isolation.

Currently, there are 191 Mainers hospitalized with COVID-19

54 of those Mainers are in critical care and 24 are on ventilators. 

The Maine CDC is scheduled to provide the next state coronavirus update at 2 p.m. Monday. NEWS CENTER Maine will stream it live on air, as well as on our website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and mobile app.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9

The Maine CDC reported 6 additional COVID-19-related deaths Saturday.

The state death toll now stands at 432 deaths.

The Maine CDC reported 612 additional COVID-19 cases Saturday.

Of the 29,019 total COVID-19 cases in Maine, 24,218 are confirmed by tests and 4,801 are probable.

1,158 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point during their COVID-19 illnesses.

11,728 Mainers have completed COVID-19 isolation.

Currently, there are 205 Mainers hospitalized with COVID-19

56 of those Mainers are in critical care and 26 are on ventilators. 

The Maine CDC is scheduled to provide the next state coronavirus update at 2 p.m. Monday. NEWS CENTER Maine will stream it live on air, as well as on our website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and mobile app.

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