The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Maine remained stable but still relatively high on Sunday.

State public health authorities reported there were 214 patients with the coronavirus in hospitals statewide, one more than on Saturday.

Of those hospitalized on Sunday, 35 were in critical care units and four on ventilators, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Most people in the hospital are either young and not vaccinated or older persons who are vaccinated, the head of Maine CDC, Dr. Nirav Shah, said last week.

Maine continues to have among the highest infection rates in the country. On Saturday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Maine is the fifth highest state for infections, at 359.5 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days. The national average was 185 cases per 100,000.

The states with higher infection rates than Maine are Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Hawaii and Connecticut.

Experts recommend that those who test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms should isolate for five days.

The Maine CDC does not typically list new cases or deaths on Sundays and Mondays. On Saturday the state reported one new death, which brings the death toll to 2,236.

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