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13 more deaths and 945 new coronavirus cases reported in Maine on Tuesday

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 945 new cases of the coronavirus since Saturday.

That includes data from Sunday and Monday, and it brings the seven-day average of new cases to 483. That’s almost 100 more than a month ago, but down from over 500 last week.

The state CDC is reporting 13 additional deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday.

For the second time this week, a record high number of people, 275, are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Maine. Seventy-four are in critical care and 34 are on ventilators. That's 106 more than were in the hospital one month ago.

The state also reported its highest test positivity rate of the pandemic: 8.2 percent.

The Maine CDC say that most of the hospitalized coronavirus patients continue to be unvaccinated.