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7 deaths, 601 new coronavirus cases reported in Maine on Friday

Coronavirus shots Maine Great Cranberry Island
Robert F. Bukaty
Associated Press
FILE- Maureen Giffen administers a COVID-19 vaccination to Josh Gray in a community center on Great Cranberry Island, Maine, Friday, March 19, 2021.

Maine is reporting 601 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. The seven-day average of new cases is now 486.

The state CDC says that seven more people have died from the disease. The state's pandemic death toll is now 1,204.

The number of Mainers' hospitalized with COVID-19 has been climbing for the last week. It was 220 yesterday, up from 212 the day before and 195 last Saturday. Seventy-four were in critical care and 37 were on ventilators.