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1 Death, 192 COVID-19 Cases Added Sunday

Alex Bernier
Robert F. Bukaty
Alex Bernier, 16, of Minot, Maine, receives a dose of a COVID-19 vaccination, Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in Auburn, Maine. Clinics in Maine recently began vaccinating children as young as 12 years old.

The Maine CDC added one COVID-19 death on Sunday and two on Saturday, bringing the total to 802 since the beginning of the pandemic.

The agency also added 192 new cases of the disease on Sunday. In all, 65,715 cases have been identified. One-hundred seventy five cases were added Saturday

Maine's average daily case count is on the decline, with 246 cases added per day in the past week, compared with 307 the week before.

As of Saturday, nearly 55% of Maine's population had received either the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or one dose of Moderna or Pfizer. That's about 62% of the eligible population, ages 12 and older.

On Friday, Gov. Janet Mills announced that the state would conform with CDC recommendations issued last week that allow fully vaccinated people to stop wearing masks indoors or keep physical distance, in most cases. Those changes are set to go into effect on Monday, May 24.

The CDC is next expected to brief the public on the pandemic at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Maine Public will bring that to you live.

Corrected: May 17, 2021 at 11:10 AM EDT
An earlier version of this article misstated the cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Maine as of Sunday, May 16. It was 65,715.
Andrew Catalina is manager of digital news, responsible for editing and producing news content on all of Maine Public's digital platforms, in addition to myriad other news- and content-related roles.