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Maine reports 1,091 new COVID cases, 15 deaths on Thursday

Virus Outbreak Hospitals Prepare
Robert F. Bukaty
AP file
A sign directs patients with respiratory symptoms to a tent at the Central Maine Medical Center, Friday, March 13, 2020, in Lewiston, Maine.

Maine is reporting 1,091 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday. The daily counts have fallen in recent days, but state officials say that's likely because of a drop in testing over the holiday.

The seven-day average has dropped to 728. A week ago it was over 900.

The state CDC is reporting 15 additional deaths of people with COVID-19.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Maine has dipped slightly, to 329 patients. But the number who need critical care and ventilators has ticked up, to 117 and 57 respectively.