COVID-19 positivity rate increases slightly at LincolnHealth

LincolnHealth’s COVID-19 test positivity rate rose slightly to 13.77% from 8.72% last week, according to hospital spokesman John Martins.

Last week was the lowest positivity rate the hospital has seen since mid-June.

For the week of August 29 through September 4, LincolnHealth performed 113 tests with 23 positive.

LincolnHealth is preparing to receive the newly approved booster for COVID-19 and preparing for a season of flu shot clinics that is expected to begin around Sept. 24, Martins said via email.

Community transmission, which is defined by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and describes the amount of COVID-19 spread in a community, is listed as “high.” This metric is used by healthcare facilities to determine infection control intervention, Martins said.

The community level, which describes the impact of COVID-19 on communities, is low for Lincoln County.

Community levels are calculated using the number of new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population in the past seven days, the percentage of inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, and the total number of new COVID cases -19 per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days. .

LincolnHealth offers the COVID-19 vaccine to anyone 6 months and older.

Call the MaineHealth Vaccine Assistant at 1-877-780-7545 or email vaccine@mainehealth.org for an appointment. An appointment is preferred and can be made by calling a Lincoln Medical Partners office or visiting vaccine.mainehealth.org.

MaineHealth maintains a database of COVID-19 information accessible at mainehealth.org/coronavirus-COVID-19/what-to-do.

The health system also recommends staying home if sick, testing for COVID-19 if showing symptoms or coming into contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive, and seeking treatment if needed.

According to data from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention as of Tuesday, September 6, since COVID-19 arrived in Lincoln County in March 2020, 6,251 residents have had the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus – 5,247 confirmed and 1,004 probable cases.

The death toll among Lincoln County residents remained at 40.

The number of residents hospitalized with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic has increased by two over the past week, to 94.

Lincoln County has a “moderate to high” rate of vaccine doses administered per 100,000 population compared to other counties in the state at 233,296.76. The number does not represent fully vaccinated individuals, and since the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines both require two doses, the number may be greater than 100,000.

Lincoln County census data provided by the Maine CDC lists a population of 34,634. Of those residents, 27,041, or 78.08%, received their first dose of the vaccine and 27,713, or 80.02%, received the second and final dose, according to agency data.

A total of 80,742 doses of vaccine were administered, 58 doses more than last week. Those counted in the final dose category either received the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the single shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

There were 26,046 additional or booster shots given to Lincoln County residents.

State COVID-19 Numbers

Based on current data as of September 6, the Maine CDC has reported 281,162 cases of COVID-19 in Maine, an increase of 2,894 from the previous week. Of these cases, 79,352 are probable.

There have been 5,517 hospitalizations in the state, including 119 reported last week. There have been 2,512 COVID-19 deaths in Maine so far, including 12 reported in the past week. The statewide case rate is 2,122.3 per 10,000 people, up from 2,113.0 last week.

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