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18 more COVID-19 deaths, 1,411 cases added on Friday

Virus Outbreak Maine
Robert F. Bukaty
Volunteers reive instructions at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Augusta Armory, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, in Augusta, Maine.

Eighteen more Mainers have died with COVID-19, and 1,411 cases have been added to the state's total.

In the last seven days, the Maine CDC has reported an average of 1,046 cases per day, a number that continues trending upward.

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 in Maine dipped on Friday but remain above 400, which was a new high this week.

The state CDC is reporting 424 people in the hospital with COVID-19. The number of people in critical care increased to 109, and the number on ventilators increased to 57.

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