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Maine Reports 587 New Coronavirus Infections, 1 Death On Saturday

Virus Outbreak Maine
Robert F. Bukaty
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AP
A couple wears face coverings Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, in Portland, Maine. The state is struggling with the recent high rate of growth of COVID-19 cases.

The Maine CDC is reporting 587 new coronavirus infections on Saturday.

That marks a slight dip from the recent jumps in cases — it's the first time that number was below 600 in the past five days — but they could still go up again next week. State health investigators have recently been working through a large backlog of test results.

One more death from COVID-19 has also been reported.

The high case counts come as the delta variant continues to drive a late summer spike in infections and hospitals are swamped with COVID-19 patients.

On Friday, 201 patients were hospitalized with the disease, including 76 in critical care and 34 on ventilators.