Coronavirus

Delta variant comprised 100 percent of latest samples in Maine

In June, delta accounted for only 3.6 percent of all tested cases.

The latest sample from Maine found that all of the coronavirus cases were from the delta variant. Brandon Bell/Getty Images


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.

Delta variant

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.

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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.

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