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Maine reports 1,481 new coronavirus cases and 25 deaths after holiday weekend

Maine Daily Life
Robert F. Bukaty
A family of snowmen stand in front of a home, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, in Yarmouth, Maine.

Maine is reporting 1,481 new cases of the coronavirus since the end of last week. That includes data for New Year's day, Sunday and Monday.

The seven-day average of new cases is now 715, which is down from more than 1,000 in mid-December. But it's after inconsistent reporting over the last two holiday weekends and as more people use at-home rapid tests that aren't included in the daily count.

The state CDC is reporting 25 additional deaths of people with COVID-19.

There's been a sharp uptick in the number of patients hospitalized with COVID in Maine. The state CDC reported 369 people in the hospital with COVID-19 on Monday, including 113 in critical care and 54 on ventilators.

That was up from around 330 hospitalized COVID patients one week earlier.