LincolnHealth saw 20 new COVID-19 cases in the past week and the positivity rate remained in the double digits at 10.7%, according to hospital spokesperson John Martins.
This is down slightly from last week’s positivity rate of 13.77%.
LincolnHealth is also now offering the new bivalent COVID-19 booster shot, which contains components of the original COVID-19 strain as well as the omicron variant.
“The updated COVID-19 vaccine boosters are designed to give you broad protection against COVID-19, including better protection against the omicron variant,” according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s website.
LincolnHealth offers the COVID-19 vaccine to anyone 6 months and older.
Call the MaineHealth Vaccine Assistant at 1-877-780-7545 or email email@example.com for an appointment. An appointment is preferred and can be made by calling a Lincoln Medical Partners office or by visiting vaccine.mainehealth.org.
“If there are no appointments on this site, please visit it again as appointments will open up when supply is available,” Martins said about the new booster shot by email.
Booster shots can also be obtained at one of LincolnHealth’s upcoming flu shot clinics, but the patient will have to be observed for 15 minutes for signs of any side effects.
“This is similar to all other COVID vaccines and boosters,” Martins wrote.
Community transmission, which is defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and describes the amount of COVID-19 spread in a community, is listed as “high.” This metric is used by healthcare facilities to determine infection control intervention, Martins said.
The community level, which describes the impact of COVID-19 on communities, is low for Lincoln County.
Community levels are calculated using the number of new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population in the past seven days, the percentage of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, and total new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past seven days.
MaineHealth is maintaining a database of COVID-19 information that can be accessed at mainehealth.org/coronavirus-COVID-19/what-to-do.
The health system also recommends staying home when sick, testing for COVID-19 in the event of symptoms or contact with a COVID-19-positive person, and seeking care when necessary.
According to Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention data current through Tuesday, Sept. 13, since COVID-19 arrived in Lincoln County in March 2020, 6,282 residents have had the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus – 5,271 confirmed cases and 1,011 probable.
The number of deaths in Lincoln County residents stayed at 40.
The number of residents who have been hospitalized with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic also held steady at 94.
Lincoln County has a “moderate to high” rate of vaccine doses administered per 100,000 residents relative to other counties in the state at 235,309.23. The number does not represent fully vaccinated individuals and, since the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines both require two doses, the number can be higher than 100,000.
The census data for Lincoln County provided by the Maine CDC lists a population of 34,634. Of those residents, 27,054, or 78.11%, have received their first dose of the vaccine and 28,138, or 81.24%, have received the second and final dose, according to the agency’s data.
A total of 80,742 doses of vaccine have been administered, up 755 doses from last week. Those counted in the final dose category have either received the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
There have been 26,305 additional or booster shots given to Lincoln County residents.
State COVID-19 numbers
According to data current as of Sept. 13, the Maine CDC has reported 281,162 COVID-19 cases in Maine, an increase of 4,508 from the week before. Of those cases, 79,859 are probable.
There have been 5,694 hospitalizations in the state, including 177 reported in the past week. There have been 2,561 deaths so far from COVID-19 in Maine, including 49 reported in the last week. The statewide case rate is 2,134.4 per 10,000 people, up from 2,122.3 last week.