Maine reported 249 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and three additional deaths, continuing the trend for more cases.
The seven-day average daily value of new cases was 174.1 on Monday, compared to 205.4 a week ago and 65.7 a month ago.
Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the CDC in Maine, will inform the media today at 2 p.m.
In total, there are 11,757 COVID-19 cases and 194 deaths in Maine.
Meanwhile, officials with a second candidate for the COVID-19 vaccine, Moderna, said they would apply Monday for approval from the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use of the vaccine, according to news reports. Pfizer applied earlier in November and will appear before a group of FDA scientists on December 10, while Moderna is expected to go before the same panel a week later, on December 17.
If both are approved, the Pfizer vaccine could begin to be distributed in the United States around December 15, and Moderna will begin on December 21, company officials said.
“For the first time, I allowed myself to cry,” Dr. Tal Sachs, Modern’s chief medical officer, told CNN on Monday. “We have full expectations to change the course of this pandemic.”
Both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have an efficacy rate of about 95 percent, according to late-stage clinical trials.
The full spread of vaccines is expected in 2021, with public health officials racing the clock against the deteriorating pandemic that fills hospitals across the country. Maine is doing relatively well compared to most other states, but only because the pandemic is growing worse than Maine in most states. Maine’s average daily life expectancy is 12.3 per 100,000 residents, the third lowest in the country, according to the Harvard Health Institute. Hawaii has the lowest virus prevalence in the country at 6.9.
Forty-five states had at least twice the prevalence of the virus in Maine, and Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota were approaching 10 times higher than Maine.
As conditions deteriorate, more and more people are seeking care in hospitals.
Several hospitals in Maine last week reported record numbers of COVID-19 patients, many in central and eastern Maine. On Monday, 139 people were in hospitals in Maine for COVID-19 and 48 in intensive care.
The North Light Maine Medical Center in Bangor treated an average of 22.2 COVID-19 patients each day for the six days ending Wednesday, the country’s largest COVID-19 workload. The Maine General Medical Center in August and the Maine Central Medical Center in Lewiston also broke their own records for patients with COVID-19.
York County has also seen a jump in hospitalizations, with Maine Medical Center in Bideford and York Hospital recording record heights.
This story will be updated.
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