Another two Mainers have died as health officials on Tuesday reported 571 more coronavirus cases across the state.
The number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in the past 14 days statewide is 4,574. 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 4,226 on Monday.
It marks the highest single-day increase in cases Maine has seen since Jan. 26, when 662 were reported and the state remained in the grip of a severe winter surge in virus transmission.
However, some cases occurred beyond the previous 24 hours because those reported to the Maine CDC have been exceeding what it’s able to review within a day.
Of the number of new cases reported on Tuesday, 51 cases were diagnosed April 12, 149 were diagnosed April 11, 166 were diagnosed April 10 and 205 were diagnosed on April 9, according to Maine CDC Director Nirav Shah.
A man and a woman in their 80s from Oxford County have succumbed to the virus, bringing the statewide death toll to 753.
Tuesday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 54,827, according to the Maine CDC. That’s up from 54,256 on Monday.
Of those, 41,482 have been confirmed positive, while 13,345 were classified as “probable cases,” the Maine CDC reported.
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The new case rate statewide Tuesday was 4.27 cases per 10,000 residents, and the total case rate statewide was 409.64.
Maine’s seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 369.9, up from 327.9 a day ago, up from 311.4 a week ago and up from 177.1 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, 1,742 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Of those, 96 are currently hospitalized, with 36 in critical care and 13 on ventilators. Currently, 94 out of 381 critical care beds and 245 out of 319 ventilators are available. Meanwhile, 446 alternative ventilators are available.
The total statewide hospitalization rate on Tuesday was 13.02 patients per 10,000 residents.
Cases have been reported in Androscoggin (5,955), Aroostook (1,511), Cumberland (14,835), Franklin (1,065), Hancock (1,161), Kennebec (4,803), Knox (861), Lincoln (725), Oxford (2,775), Penobscot (4,921), Piscataquis (401), Sagadahoc (1,118), Somerset (1,558), Waldo (749), Washington (797) and York (11,590) 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 6,376 COVID-19 tests reported to the Maine CDC in the previous 24 hours, 5.3 percent came back positive. Overall, 2,210,508 tests have been administered and the statewide positivity rate is 2.73 percent.
An additional 6,013 Mainers have been vaccinated against the coronavirus in the previous 24 hours. As of Tuesday, 520,089 Mainers have received a first dose of the vaccine, while 386,624 have received a final dose.
New Hampshire reported 375 new cases on Tuesday and no deaths. Vermont reported 89 new cases and two deaths, while Massachusetts reported 1,532 new cases and 19 deaths.
As of Tuesday evening, the coronavirus had sickened 31,335,197 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 563,354 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.
Nationwide, 192 million doses of the vaccine have been administered, an increase of 2 million since Monday, according to Bloomberg.