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Maine's COVID hospitalizations dip below 200 for first time since last fall

Winter Weather
Robert F. Bukaty
Commuters brave the single digit temperatures Fahrenheit as they arrive on a ferry, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in Portland, Maine. A mass of arctic air swept into the Northeast, bringing bone-chilling sub-zero temperatures.

The number of patients hospitalized with COVID in Maine has dipped below 200 for the first time since last October.

There are 191 Mainers hospitalized on Thursday, down from 211 one day earlier. Forty-two are in critical care and 15 are on ventilators.

The Maine CDC is reporting 53 additional COVID deaths. That has pushed Maine's pandemic death toll above 2,000, to 2,024. Big upticks in deaths occur periodically as the agency reviews old case records.

And 1,123 new cases of the coronavirus were added today. Those counts have not reflected daily changes because of a backlog of positive cases during the omicron surge.