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Maine reports 799 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths on Thursday

Virus Outbreak
Robert F. Bukaty
Sarah Staffiere adjusts a face covering on her daughter, Natalie, before school, Thursday, Oct. 7, 20211, in Waterville, Maine. Staffiere's son, Gabe, left, has a rare immune disease linked to a genetic mutation. She worries that if he got COVID-19, he would get severely ill and possibly die, especially now that some hospitals are overwhelmed.

Maine is reporting 799 new coronavirus infections Thursday.

That brings the seven-day average of new cases to 393. That’s a slight uptick from yesterday, but the number has been trending downward for the last two weeks.

The Maine CDC says 5 more people have died from the disease, bringing the total deaths statewide to 1,088.

There were 168 people hospitalized with COVID-19 Wednesday. 60 were in critical care, and 29 were on ventilators.