Maine reported nine new cases of COVID-19 on Friday and one additional death as the virus continues to be tamped down in New England but is surging in other parts of the country.

Since the pandemic began, Maine has recorded 69,201 cases of COVID-19, and 862 deaths. Friday’s death was a woman age 80 or older from Penobscot County, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The seven-day average of daily new cases stood at 21.3 on Friday, compared to 22.3 a week ago and 71.6 a month ago. Maine has among the highest vaccination rates and lowest rates of COVID-19 in the nation, at 1.5 cases per 100,000 people, on a seven-day average, according to the Harvard Global Health Institute. States with low vaccination rates that are experiencing surges have case counts between 13 and 20 per 100,000 population, including Arkansas, Missouri, Florida and Louisiana.

The lowest COVID-19 rate in the country is Vermont, with 0.8 cases per 100,000.

Among the 16 counties, case rates varied widely, with Franklin County having the highest rate at 6.62 cases per 10,000 people over the last 14 days. Sagadahoc County had the lowest rate, with 0.56 cases per 10,000 people.

There were 34 people with COVID-19 in Maine hospitals Friday, including 16 in critical care beds, according to the Maine CDC.

On the vaccination front, 794,114 Maine people are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, representing 59 percent of the state’s 1.3 million population. Maine has the third-highest percentage of its population fully vaccinated, according to the Bloomberg vaccine tracker, behind Vermont and Massachusetts. The New England states have the six highest full-vaccination rates in the country.


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