Another six Mainers have died as health officials on Thursday reported 675 more coronavirus cases.
The number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in the past 14 days statewide is 8,013. This is an estimation of the current number of active cases in the state, as the Maine CDC is no longer tracking recoveries for all patients. That’s up from 7,898 on Wednesday.
It marked a reversal from Wednesday’s spike when new cases shot up to 701 after a sustained dayslong streak below 400.
Two Cumberland County residents, a Kennebec County resident, a Penobscot County resident, a Washington County resident and a York County resident have succumbed to the virus, bringing the statewide death toll to 536.
Maine’s seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 527.9, down from 546.3 a day ago and from 620.6 a week ago, but up from 423.4 a month ago. That average peaked at 625.7 on Jan. 14, and since then, it has been on a sustained decline.
The new case rate statewide Thursday is 5.02 cases per 10,000 residents, and the total case rate statewide is 265.16.
Thursday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 35,638, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 34,963 on Wednesday.
Of those, 28,999 have been confirmed positive, while 6,639 were classified as “probable cases,” the Maine CDC reported.
The most cases have been detected in Mainers in their 20s, while Mainers over 80 years old make up the majority of deaths. More cases and deaths have been recorded in women than men. For a complete breakdown of the age and sex demographics of cases, hospitalizations and deaths, use the interactive graphic below.
So far, 1,294 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Currently, 182 are hospitalized with 54 in critical care and 21 on a ventilator. There are 83 critical care beds out of 390 available, and 222 ventilators out of 320 available. Of alternative ventilators, 443 are available.
Cases have been reported in Androscoggin (3,916), Aroostook (1,066), Cumberland (10,276), Franklin (631), Hancock (708), Kennebec (2,771), Knox (529), Lincoln (414), Oxford (1,702), Penobscot (3,058), Piscataquis (177), Sagadahoc (671), Somerset (1,016), Waldo (444), Washington (535) and York (7,723) counties. Information about where an additional case was reported wasn’t immediately available.
New Hampshire reported 925 new cases on Thursday and 12 deaths. Vermont reported 101 new cases and three deaths, and Massachusetts reported 4,821 new cases and 75 deaths.
For a complete breakdown of the county by county data, use the interactive graphic below.
As of Thursday evening, the coronavirus had sickened 24,610,051 people in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as caused 409,641 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.
Nationwide, 18.4 million doses of the vaccine have been administered, according to Bloomberg.