AUGUSTA — Health officials are warning Mainers about a potentially more dangerous variant of COVID-19.
During Wednesday’s briefing, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Nirav Shah said health officials are continuing to learn more about the Delta variant of the coronavirus.
He said this variant is likely more contagious and deadly.
He said it would also be more likely to land you in the hospital if contracted.
So far, Shah said, four documented cases of the Delta variant have been detected in Maine, with the first being identified in April.
However, he said the COVID-19 vaccines are effective against it and other variants of the virus.
“For those that remain unvaccinated by choice, or by chance, the delta variant is sadly the latest in an ongoing thing that could potentially undermine our overall progress against the virus and pose new risks,” he said.
Shah also provided an update on the vaccination sweepstakes.
More than 226,000 people have registered to take part in the sweepstakes and more than 8,700 people have been vaccinated since the Maine CDC announced it last Wednesday.
If you take part in the sweepstakes, you will be registered for a drawing worth one dollar for every Mainer vaccinated.
To participate, you must have gotten your COVID-19 vaccine. The drawing will be held July 4.