PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The number of COVID-19 infections continues to soar in Maine, reaching a new daily record on Wednesday, as the state makes plans to update its vaccine plan to prioritize older residents.
The daily number of infections reported by the Maine Center for Disease Control grew to 824 on Wednesday, surpassing the previous high of 782 on Friday. There also were four more deaths.
Maine’s seven-day average for new infections was 583, an increase from 512 a week ago and from 364 a month ago.
Democratic Gov. Janet Mills announced that Maine’s coronavirus vaccination plan is going to be updated to follow new federal guidelines recommending that states prioritize residents 65 and older.
Maine has the nation's oldest population, and the virus is especially dangerous to older people and people with underlying health conditions.
Maine has given more than 51,000 first doses of the vaccine, and has begun delivering second doses. So far, Maine is getting about 18,000 doses a week, fewer than promised by the Trump administration.