Maine activates National Guard to help hospitals with Covid surge as region is slammed

Maine has activated its National Guard to help hospitals across the state in a recent wave of Covid as the US northeast is hit by a surge in Covid cases.

The move was announced on Wednesday by Governor Janet Mills, as the number of hospitalizations in her state has increased by nearly 20 percent in the past two weeks.

Interestingly, northeast states suffering from Covid spikes also lead the nation in vaccination coverage.

Vermont (74 percent of the population fully vaccinated); Rhode Island (74 percent); Maine (73 percent); Connecticut (73 percent) and Massachusetts (72 percent) are the top five US states in terms of vaccination coverage.

New Hampshire also leads the nation in the proportion of people who have received at least one injection, at 90 percent, with 63 percent of people fully vaccinated.

All of these states are also experiencing recent rises in cases of the virus, though all of Massachusetts are among those in America with the lowest death rate per 100,000 population.

Maine Gov Janet Mills (pictured) announced Wednesday that she is mobilizing the National Guard to help hospitals with a recent wave of Covid that has hit her state

Maine has an average of about 600 new Covid cases per day, a level that has remained constant since August.  The state has also seen a 17% increase in hospitalizations in the past two weeks

Maine has an average of about 600 new Covid cases per day, a level that has remained constant since August. The state has also seen a 17% increase in hospitalizations in the past two weeks

Vermont has experienced a 32% increase in COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks.  The state also had a record of 92 Covid hospitalizations on Wednesday

Vermont has experienced a 32% increase in COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks. The state also had a record of 92 Covid hospitalizations on Wednesday

“I am activating the Maine National Guard and will deploy it, in coordination with our health care systems, to expand our hospitals’ ability to treat people with COVID-19 and other serious medical conditions,” Mills said Wednesday.

“I don’t take this action lightly, but we need to take steps to ease the strain on our healthcare system and bring care to everyone who needs it.”

She said members of the National Guard will assist nursing wards and other emergency facilities used to deal with patient overflow in a non-clinical role.

They will also help deliver monoclonal antibody treatments to some patients.

Currently, 27 out of 100,000 residents in the state are hospitalized with the virus, the 16th highest rate of any state in the nation, and that rate is up 17 percent in the past two weeks.

The state also averages about 600 cases per day, a figure it has been hovering around since the second half of the Delta wave in late August.

Maine’s hospitals have borne the lion’s share of the impact of COVID-19, from treating COVID-19 patients to aiding testing and leading vaccination efforts — not to mention the secondary effects of the pandemic, such as increased mental health problems and problems of delayed health care,” Jeanne Lambree, commissioner of the Maine Department of Health, said in the statement.

“We are immensely grateful for the decisive action by the governor and the heroic work of our health professionals – and the National Guard.”

Vermont is the most vaccinated state in America but still registered a record number of Covid hospitalizations on Wednesday.

State officials recorded 92 hospitalizations on December 8, including 28 people in intensive care.

The state averages 13 hospitalizations per day for every 100,000 residents, up 30 percent in the past two weeks.

Cases are also on the rise in the state, with 78 out of 100,000 residents testing positive every day — a 32 percent increase in the past two weeks.

Connecticut has recorded the fastest growing number of cases than any state in America in the past two weeks, with positive tests doubling daily.  It is also one of the 20 US states that have registered a case of the Omicron variant

Connecticut has recorded the largest increase in cases than any state in America in the past two weeks, with positive tests doubling daily. It is also one of the 20 US states that have registered a case of the Omicron variant

Cases in Rhode Island are up 87% in the past two weeks and have the third highest Covid rate in the nation with 83 or every 100,000 residents testing positive for the virus every day

Cases in Rhode Island are up 87% in the past two weeks and have the third highest Covid rate in the nation with 83 or every 100,000 residents testing positive for the virus every day

New Hampshire is America's leader in infection rates, with 93 out of 100,000 residents testing positive for Covid every day.  Cases and hospitalizations have both increased by more than 20% in the past two weeks

New Hampshire is America’s leader in infection rates, with 93 out of 100,000 residents testing positive for Covid every day. Cases and hospitalizations have also increased by more than 20% in the past two weeks

Connecticut and Rhode Island are the nationwide leaders in terms of growth over the past two weeks.

Cases have more than doubled in the past 14 days in Connecticut, the only state where that has happened, with 44 out of 100,000 residents testing positive every day.

Hospitalizations in the state are also up 70 percent, also the biggest jump in America, with 14 of every 100,000 residents hospitalized due to complications with the virus.

Connecticut is also one of 20 US states to have sequenced the Omicron variant, with two cases detected so far.

Rhode Island’s number of cases is up 87 percent in the past two weeks — the second-highest rate in the nation — and the state also ranks third in the nation in positive cases, killing 85 out of 100,000 residents every day. testing positive.

New Hampshire currently leads the nation in infection rate, with 93 of every 100,000 residents testing positive for the virus every day, with cases and hospitalizations rising more than 20 percent in the past week.

Massachusetts has also registered a 67 percent increase in cases and a 50 percent increase in hospitalizations in the past two weeks.

The Omicron variant has also been sequenced in the Bay State.

dr. Vermont’s health commissioner Mark Levine pointed to several factors that are causing his state — and its neighbors — to be in so much trouble despite high vaccination rates.

He first blamed the Delta variant, which is still responsible for almost all new COVID-19 cases in the US

“An infected person can spread the virus to five or more people, much faster than the original strain,” Levine said.

“This means it can spread faster than we can trace and alert contacts.”

Massachusetts has registered a 67% increase in the number of cases and a 50% increase in hospitalizations in the past two weeks, and it is also one of 20 US states to have confirmed a case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

Massachusetts has registered a 67% increase in the number of cases and a 50% increase in hospitalizations in the past two weeks, and it is also one of 20 US states to have confirmed a case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

Although the Omicron variant has been dominating the headlines lately, the Delta variant is still the root of the current Covid situation in America.

It is highly transmissible and some health experts believe Delta’s cases are equal to or more severe than Omicron’s.

The states also had relative success compared to their peers earlier during the pandemic.

That is certainly a good thing, but it also means that fewer people have natural antibodies against the virus.

Other experts have also previously pointed out that increases in cases this time of year, and especially in the north, may be related to colder weather by moving many gatherings indoors.

Levin mentions that the recent surge is an example of why states cannot let their guard down in the fight against Covid.

“I know it can be frustrating for many of us to see Vermont look so different than we once did during the pandemic, but even after all this time, the virus is not something we have absolute control over,” Levine said. .

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