September COVID-19 testing at LincolnHealth

LincolnHealth conducted 960 COVID-19 tests in September, the first time this year, down from less than 1,000 in a month since January, according to hospital spokesman John Martins.

In September, LincolnHealth performed 960 COVID-19 tests with 122 positive results, a 12.8% positivity rate. This is in contrast to January, when 4,250 tests were conducted with 990 positive results, a 23.30% positivity rate. For the year to date, the positivity rate is 14.67%, Martins said in an email.

“Test numbers only reflect testing here at LincolnHealth. The availability and reliability of home testing has definitely led to a reduction in testing, as has the change in testing protocols over time,” Martins said in an email.

From September 26 to October 2, 267 tests were conducted with 37 positive results, giving a positivity rate of 13.96%. This is down from a 16% positivity rate last week.

LincolnHealth is offering the new bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccine that contains components of the original COVID-19 strain as well as the Omicron variant.

LincolnHealth is offering the COVID-19 vaccine to anyone 6 months and older.

Call the MaineHealth Vaccine Assistant at 1-877-780-7545 or email [email protected] to schedule an appointment. Appointments are preferred and can be made by calling a Lincoln Medical Partners office or visiting www.vaccine.mainehealth.org.

“People can call their GP if they have any questions,” Martins said of the new booster shot.

Booster shots can also be obtained at one of LincolnHealth’s nearest flu vaccination clinics, but the patient must be observed for 15 minutes for signs of side effects.

MaineHealth maintains a database of COVID-19 information which can be accessed at mainehealth.org/coronavirus-COVID-19/what-to-do.

The health system also recommends staying at home if you are ill, testing for COVID-19 if you have symptoms or contact with a COVID-19 positive person, and seek medical attention if necessary.

According to data from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, current to Tuesday, October 4, since the arrival of COVID-19 in Lincoln County in March 2020, 6,405 residents have had the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus — 5,373 confirmed cases and 1,032 probable cases.

The number of deaths among Lincoln County residents remained at 40.

The number of residents hospitalized since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic rose by one to 97.

Lincoln County has a “moderate to high” rate of vaccine doses administered per 100,000 residents compared to other counties in the state at 243,884.62. The number does not represent fully vaccinated individuals, and since the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines both require two doses, the number may be in excess of 100,000.

Lincoln County census data provided by the Maine CDC lists a population of 34,634. Of those residents, 27,089, or 78.22%, received their first dose of the vaccine and 28,031, or 80.93%, the second and last dose, according to the agency.

A total of 84,467 doses of vaccine were administered, 1,409 doses more than last week. Those counted in the last dose category received either the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or the single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Lincoln County residents received 29,347 supplemental or booster shots.

Provide COVID-19 numbers

As of October 4, the Maine CDC has reported 289,066 COVID-19 cases in Maine, up 1,888 from the previous week. Of those cases, 81,578 are probable.

There were 5,878 hospital admissions in the state, 92 of which were reported in the past week. So far, Maine has had 2,586 deaths from COVID-19, including nine reported in the last week. The statewide case rate is 2,173.9 per 10,000 people, up from 2,159.8 last week.

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