A medical assistant applies pressure to a piece of gauze after Jacob Conary received his first shot of the COVID-19 vaccination, Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in Auburn, Maine. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty / AP

Community levels of COVID-19 have dropped substantially in every Maine county.

Data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday indicate that the number of COVID cases reported in a population sample of 100,000 people have significantly dropped.

Community levels of the coronavirus are calculated by the U.S. CDC based on the current level of new cases per a population of 100,000 in the past 7 days.

This comes as the number of Mainers hospitalized with COVID-19 stayed below 100 for the last week and a half, and daily reported COVID cases have stayed below 500 for nearly a month. On Thursday, 97 Mainers were hospitalized with the virus, according to Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention data.

Of those, 16 Mainers are in critical care and another four are on ventilators.

COVID-19 cases have been steadily falling throughout the state after reaching record levels throughout December, January and early February. On Thursday, another 206 coronavirus cases were reported. The statewide death toll from the virus now stands at 2,202.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated which coronavirus data metric was being measured. The community level of COVID-19 cases is low in all Maine counties. 

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Leela Stockley

Leela Stockley is an alumna of the University of Maine. She was raised in northern Maine, and loves her cat Wesley, her puppy Percy and staying active in the Maine outdoors.