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Record hospitalizations in Maine as the CDC adds 1,559 new coronavirus cases, 22 deaths since Saturday

Emily Pinkham
Robert F. Bukaty
Emily Pinkham of the Maine Air National Guard takes part on orientation at Central Maine Medical Center is seen, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, in Lewiston, Maine. About a dozen members of the Maine National Guard have been deployed to help open a swing bed unit at the hospital.

The Maine CDC is reporting 1,559 new cases of the coronavirus since the end of last week.

That count includes data from Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The seven-day average of new cases is now 940. That's down from a week ago, when it briefly topped 1,000, but it's still among the highest rolling averages of the pandemic.

The state CDC is reporting 22 additional deaths of people with COVID-19.

And 387 people in Maine are hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Tuesday, a new record, with 125 in critical care and 62 on ventilators.

Maine CDC Director Nirav Shah tweeted Tuesday that people who think they won't be affected by COVID-19 should remember that several underlying health conditions can lead to worse outcomes.

Shah also urged people to consider at-risk family members who would likely need a hospital bed if they got sick.