Delta variant comprised 100% of most recent samples in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Eleven Maine transportation firms ranging from windjammers to bus strains are qualified to obtain help from a $1.6 billion federal relief deal.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, a rating member of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, built the announcement Tuesday.

“Bus and motorcoach companies, ferries and tour boats sustain great-having to pay work and offer critical transportation companies,” Collins claimed. “The COVID-19 pandemic took an massive toll on these corporations, numerous of which are small and family owned.”

The grant recipients incorporate Chebeague Transportation Firm, which presents passenger ferry company between Cousins Island in Yarmouth and Chebeague Island BayCycle, a human-driven occasion boat docked in Portland and VIP Tour & Constitution Bus Organization in Portland.

Other folks include the Monhegan Boat Line Acadia Nationwide Park Tours and Transportation in Bar Harbor Downeast Windjammer Cruise Strains and Northeast Charter and Tour Business of Lewiston.

In other pandemic-associated news:

DOMINANT DELTA

The delta variant continues to be the dominant strain of coronavirus in the most current tests by the Maine Heart for Sickness Control.

The delta variant created up 100% of 35 sampled scenarios so considerably in August, as opposed to 86% p.c in July, the Portland Press Herald claimed. In June, delta accounted for only 3.6 percent of all examined conditions.

The point out is dealing with an enhance in COVID-19 bacterial infections because of the extra contagious variant.

The 7-day rolling normal of daily new scenarios in Maine has risen around the earlier two weeks from 92 new instances for each day on Aug. 2 to 176 new conditions for each day on Aug. 16.