Maine doctors concerned about rise in COVID-19 cases

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Maine doctors are concerned about the increase in COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks in the state.The daily number of new positive cases has tripled since July 5. The 7-day average for new cases has jumped from about 15 per day to 50 per day.Health officials said there has been a concerning increase in cases among people 20 years old and younger.Northern Light Health head of COVID-19 response Dr. James Jarvis said the best way to contain the spike in cases is for the unvaccinated to get their shots.“For those who are eligible to be vaccinated who haven’t been vaccinated yet, this is yet another ask on my part. You know, protect yourself, protect your family members, and protect your community. That’s how we will keep this spread low, and it’s also how we’ll keep new variants from occurring,” Jarvis said.Jarvis said the spread of the delta variant in Maine is also a concern, particularly for unvaccinated Mainers.“We are seeing unvaccinated individuals getting sick with this new variant. They are definitely the ones who are getting hospitalized and dying. In fact, in most cases, the data now shows that 98%, 99%, maybe 99.5% of individuals who are dying from the delta variant are unvaccinated,” Jarvis said.Despite the increase in cases in Maine, COVID-19 hospitalizations have remained flat statewide.Jarvis said there are only two patients admitted for COVID-19 in all 10 of Northern Light’s hospitals.

Maine doctors are concerned about the increase in COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks in the state.

The daily number of new positive cases has tripled since July 5. The 7-day average for new cases has jumped from about 15 per day to 50 per day.

Health officials said there has been a concerning increase in cases among people 20 years old and younger.

Northern Light Health head of COVID-19 response Dr. James Jarvis said the best way to contain the spike in cases is for the unvaccinated to get their shots.

“For those who are eligible to be vaccinated who haven’t been vaccinated yet, this is yet another ask on my part. You know, protect yourself, protect your family members, and protect your community. That’s how we will keep this spread low, and it’s also how we’ll keep new variants from occurring,” Jarvis said.

Jarvis said the spread of the delta variant in Maine is also a concern, particularly for unvaccinated Mainers.

“We are seeing unvaccinated individuals getting sick with this new variant. They are definitely the ones who are getting hospitalized and dying. In fact, in most cases, the data now shows that 98%, 99%, maybe 99.5% of individuals who are dying from the delta variant are unvaccinated,” Jarvis said.

Despite the increase in cases in Maine, COVID-19 hospitalizations have remained flat statewide.

Jarvis said there are only two patients admitted for COVID-19 in all 10 of Northern Light’s hospitals.

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