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Maine keeps setting new COVID records, as seven-day average of new infections hits 666

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Robert F. Bukaty
FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2020, file photo, a health care worker wears personal protective equipment as she speaks to a patient at a mobile testing location for COVID-19 in Auburn, Maine. Doctors and nurses around the U.S. are becoming exhausted and demoralized as they struggle to cope with a record-breaking surge of COVID-19 patients that is swamping hospitals and prompting governors to clamp back down to contain the virus.

The Maine CDC is reporting 944 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. That has pushed the seven-day average of new cases to its highest point of the whole pandemic, 666.

The state says that 14 additional people have died from the disease.

Two hundred and seventy-eight people are hospitalized with COVID-19 today. That's slightly lower than a record high 280 on Wednesday. Eighty-one are in critical care and 32 are on ventilators.

The state's test positivity rate for COVID-19 also reached its highest point this week. And the single-day increase of 1,042 infections on Wednesday was the highest yet.