Maine’s COVID-19 hospitalizations are continuing to fall at a steady pace, with a nearly 37 percent decline in the past month.
It’s a potentially hopeful sign that the virus may be again on the wane across Maine after the omicron variant blew through the population.
There are now 275 Mainers hospitalized with the virus across the state as of Monday morning, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s down from 436 on Jan. 13, and the lowest seen since Nov. 18, 2021, when 273 Mainers were hospitalized with the virus.
Of those, 65 people are in critical care and another 29 on ventilators, both down markedly from where they were only a month ago — 103 and 53, respectively, state data show.
That’s not the only indicator that the virus’ spread is coming under control. The daily average for positive COVID-19 tests fell to 1,057 last week, down from 1,165 the week before. Meanwhile, wastewater monitoring also suggests that the virus’ spread is declining across the state.
The Maine CDC continues to report higher case counts — including 1,924 on Saturday — but the agency has struggled with a backlog of tens of thousands of positive cases, making the daily count a less reliable barometer of COVID-19’s prevalence.