PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The delta variant continues to be the dominant strain of coronavirus in the latest testing by the Maine Center for Disease Control.
The delta variant made up 100% of 35 sampled cases so far in August, compared to 86% percent in July, the Portland Press Herald reported. In June, delta accounted for only 3.6 percent of all tested cases.
The state is dealing with an increase in COVID-19 infections because of the more contagious variant.
The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Maine has risen over the past two weeks from 92 new cases per day on Aug. 2 to 176 new cases per day on Aug. 16.
All told, there have been 191 COVID-19 infections and two deaths since the weekend in Maine, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control.