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Maine reports 29 new coronavirus deaths, 836 infections on Wednesday

Virus Outbreak Maine
Robert F. Bukaty
A man tightens a bandana to serve as a face covering, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, in Portland, Maine. The state is struggling with the recent high rate of growth of COVID-19 cases.

Maine is reporting 836 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday. The state CDC posted a lower number early in the day as a result of an IT issue.

The Maine CDC is also reporting 29 deaths from the disease today, and 39 deaths over the last two days.

That's the biggest jump in new deaths since last winter. The agency sometimes reports older deaths as it review records from the previous weeks and months.

Thirty deaths are accounted for from a review of vital records. But Maine CDC Director Nirav Shah says a high number of the deaths were in Penobscot County.

"And the throughline, be it Somerset, Franklin, or Penobscot, is regions of those counties where there remain pockets of unvaccinated folks. That's where the virus is spreading," Shah says.

Shah says the virus is spreading through community transmission, including lengthy indoor social gatherings.

On Wednesday, 166 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, including 51 in critical care and 20 on ventilators. That was down from 192 hospitalized patients on Monday and 177 on Tuesday.

Updated: October 6, 2021 at 10:44 AM EDT
This post has been updated since the Maine CDC announced that an IT upgrade caused an undercount of COVID-19 cases and deaths earlier on Wednesday.