The Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday reported 98 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death, with weekly averages falling from seven in less than 100 in the past eight days.
Gov. Janet Mills unveiled on Friday her plan to spend nearly $ 1 billion in federal aid to Maine through a U.S. bailout plan passed by Congress. The Maine legislature will now consider Mills’ proposal, which will provide $ 258.4 million for short-term economic recovery programs, $ 294.5 million for long-term economic initiatives and $ 418 million for infrastructure improvements. The state will receive a total of $ 4.5 billion, although $ 3.5 billion has already been earmarked for pandemic efforts, unemployment benefits and aid payments to citizens or municipal governments.
Eight hundred and thirty-nine people have died of COVID-19 in Maine since the beginning of the pandemic. The person reportedly dead was a Cumberland County man in his 60s, the CDC in Maine said.
The Mills administration’s plan to allocate federal aid encompasses a vast array of initiatives, from economic recovery grants to broadband expansion across the state. Career programs would receive just $ 105 million, along with $ 50 million to repair roads and bridges, $ 50 million to upgrade infrastructure in state parks, $ 80 million for a pandemic-fighting business, and $ 50 million to support industry. of Maine for “heritage” – fishing, agriculture and forestry.
“It is a great responsibility to determine how to use these time-limited resources in a way that stimulates economic growth in the short and long term, in ways that will benefit all people in Maine,” said Kirsten Figueroa, Commissioner for the Department. of Administrative and Financial Services, told lawmakers last week. “The administration has created this roadmap that is in line with Congress’ intentions, as they passed this transformative legislation to allow states to relocate their economies during and after the pandemic.”
Mills first announced a spending plan plan in early May and unveiled the revised version last week after consulting with federal officials. Some Maine lawmakers have expressed concern about the limited time left to consider the governor’s proposal – the legislature should end in mid-June, but Senator Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, who co-chairs the committee that will pass the bill, said that it is confident that the legislature will be able to review and adopt a bill on incentive spending.
By Saturday morning, Maine had given 722,783 people the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 715,065 had received the last dose. Of the country’s 1.3 million population, 53.77 percent received the first dose.
Among people aged 12 and over, the population currently eligible for vaccination, 60.38 percent are already fully vaccinated.
There are 8,312 coronavirus cases in Androscoggin, 1876 in Aroostook, 17,143 in Cumberland, 1,349 in Franklin, 1,361 in Hancock, 6,519 in Kennebec, 1,137 in Knox, 1,064 in Lincoln, 3,601 in Oxford, 6,221 in Penobscot, 572 in Piscataquis, 1463 in Sagadahoc, 2229 in Somerset, 1033 in Waldo, 907 in Washington and 13,367 in York.
By age, 18.8 percent of patients were under 20 years of age, while 18.3 percent were at age 20, 15.2 percent were at age 30, 13.5 percent were at age 40, and 14.5 percent were were 50 years old, 10.3 percent were 60 years old, 5.3 percent were in their 70s, and 4.2 percent were 80 or older.
Maine hospitals on Saturday had 62 patients with COVID-19, of whom 29 were in intensive care and 16 were on ventilators. The state had 75 intensive care beds out of a total of 383 and 230 ventilators available out of 319. There were also 451 alternative ventilators.
There are 172.7 million known cases of COVID-19 and 3.71 million deaths worldwide late Saturday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins University. The United States had 33.3 million cases and 597,251 deaths.
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