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This graphic, from, shows the new Covid cases in the Springvale zip code since October 11.

New cases of Covid-19 in our community rose significantly this week, with 38 new cases in Sanford and 15 in Springvale, for a total of 53. This is an increase of more than 70% over last week’s total of 31 new cases. The combined cumulative total of cases in our community now stands at 1,393.

Not only do we still have the highest Covid-positive rate in the state of Maine, at 66.1 per 1,000 residents, we have increased our lead over Westbrook, which has the second highest rate at 59 per thousand.

There have been 509 new cases of the virus in York County in the past two weeks. This data is as of March 21.

As of March 23, Maine is tied for 5th place in the US for the percentage of residents who are now fully vaccinated, at 17%. Another 12.9% have received the first of two doses of the vaccine.

City Manager Steven Buck told the City Council’s Public Safety Subcommittee on Tuesday that York County Emergency Management expects a big ramp-up in the amount of vaccine coming to York County over the next few weeks. Sanford Fire Chief Steve Benotti said he has five people assigned to the vaccine clinic at the former Marshall’s store six days a week. On Tuesdays, when the clinic is closed, Sanford paramedics will be working with the Incident Management Team to set up clinics in smaller locations around York County using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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