In this Dec. 8, 2021, file photo, a nurse treats a patient in the hallway of the Maine Medical Center emergency department. Credit: Courtesy of MaineHealth

Maine’s COVID-19 hospitalizations have risen about 9 percent over the past week.

There are now 135 Mainers infected with the virus in hospitals across the state as of Friday morning, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s down from 141 the day before but up from 124 last Friday.

Of those, 16 people are in critical care and one is on a ventilator, state data show.

COVID-19 hospitalizations have fallen sharply since hitting a pandemic high of 436 in January. But since the beginning of the summer, they have largely held steady falling no lower than 104 on June 25 or rising above 146 on Aug. 6. Maine hasn’t seen hospitalizations dip below 100 since mid-April.