In this Feb. 23, 2021, file photo, a pair of masked customers walk down the gangway at DiMillo's floating restaurant in Portland. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

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For the second day in a row, Maine saw the highest single-day increase in new coronavirus cases since the winter surge in virus transmission rolled back, with 401 new cases and one death.

The number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in the past 14 days statewide is 3,119. 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 2,955 on Thursday.

Friday’s report marked the highest single-day increase in virus transmission since Feb. 2, when 417 cases were reported. It’s the second day in a row when Maine saw new cases rise to levels not seen since the downward slide from the winter’s dizzying surge in virus transmission.

That comes a day after Maine accelerated universal vaccine eligibility at a time when dose shipments continue to outpace Mainers lining up for the jab. All Mainers 16 and older can sign up for an appointment to be innoculated against the coronavirus starting Wednesday.

A man in his 80s from York County has succumbed to the virus, bringing the statewide death toll to 744, Maine CDC spokesperson Robert Long said Friday morning.

Friday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 51,189, according to the Maine CDC. That’s up from 50,788 on Thursday.

Of those, 39,153 have been confirmed positive, while 12,036 were classified as “probable cases,” the Maine CDC reported.

The new case rate statewide Friday was 3 cases per 10,000 residents, and the total case rate statewide was 382.46.

Maine’s seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 252.9, up from 231.6 a day ago, up from 197.6 a week ago and up from 166.6 a month ago. That average peaked on Jan. 14 at 625.3.

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, 1,686 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Of those, 75 are currently hospitalized, with 25 in critical care and six on ventilators. Currently, 88 out of 379 critical care beds and 251 out of 319 ventilators are available. Meanwhile, 446 alternative ventilators are available.

The total statewide hospitalization rate on Friday was 12.60 patients per 10,000 residents.

Cases have been reported in Androscoggin (5,389), Aroostook (1,422), Cumberland (14,094), Franklin (997), Hancock (1,074), Kennebec (4,370), Knox (816), Lincoln (668), Oxford (2,592), Penobscot (4,677), Piscataquis (388), Sagadahoc (993), Somerset (1,414), Waldo (720), Washington (770) and York (10,803) counties. Information about where an additional two cases were reported wasn’t immediately available.

For a complete breakdown of the county by county data, use the interactive graphic below.

Out of 11,215 COVID-19 tests reported to the Maine CDC in the previous 24 hours, 3.5 percent came back positive. Overall, 2,112,959 tests have been administered and the statewide positivity rate is 2.67 percent.

An additional 10,337 Mainers have been vaccinated against the coronavirus in the previous 24 hours. As of Friday, 446,037 Mainers have received a first dose of the vaccine, while 288,590 have received a final dose.

New Hampshire reported 363 new cases on Friday and seven deaths. Vermont reported 248 new cases and no deaths, and Massachusetts reported 2,759 new cases and 32 deaths.

As of Friday morning, the coronavirus had sickened 30,541,004 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 553,140 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.

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