Ten more Mainers have died as health officials on Thursday reported another 106 coronavirus cases across the state.
The number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in the past 14 days statewide is 1,452. 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 down from 1,565 on Wednesday.
It’s the first day this week when cases lurched back over 100 after new infections dived to their lowest point in nearly seven months.
Five men and five women have succumbed to the virus, bringing the statewide death toll to 837. Four were from Androscoggin County, one from Aroostook County, one from Cumberland County, one from Kennebec County, one from Oxford County, one from Penobscot County and one from Somerset County, according to Maine CDC spokesperson Robert Long.
Long said Thursday that one was younger than 20, three in their 60s, two in their 70s and four 80 or older.
He said that the deaths occurred between May 2 and 23, and were added to the state’s death toll after a review of vital records.
Thursday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 67,986, according to the Maine CDC. That’s up from 67,880 on Wednesday.
Of those, 49,749 have been confirmed positive, while 18,237 were classified as “probable cases,” the Maine CDC reported.
The new case rate statewide Thursday was 0.79 cases per 10,000 residents, and the total case rate statewide was 507.96.
Maine’s seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 83.4, down from 85.7 a day ago, down from 127.7 a week ago and down from 306 a month ago. That average peaked on Jan. 14 at 625.3.
The most cases have been detected in Mainers younger than 20, 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, 2,029 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Of those, 79 are currently hospitalized with 27 in critical care and 17 on a ventilator. Overall, 93 out of 383 critical care beds and 236 out of 319 ventilators are available. Meanwhile, 451 alternative ventilators are available.
The total statewide hospitalization rate on Thursday was 15.16 patients per 10,000 residents.
Cases have been reported in Androscoggin (8,292), Aroostook (1,871), Cumberland (17,130), Franklin (1,343), Hancock (1,356), Kennebec (6,509), Knox (1,135), Lincoln (1,063), Oxford (3,585), Penobscot (6,195), Piscataquis (572), Sagadahoc (1,462), Somerset (2,204), Waldo (1,027), Washington (902) and York (13,339) counties. Information about where an additional case was reported wasn’t immediately available.
For a complete breakdown of the county by county data, use the interactive graphic below.
Out of 5,638 COVID-19 tests reported to the Maine CDC in the previous 24 hours, 2.7 percent came back positive. Overall, 2,657,863 tests have been administered and the statewide positivity rate is 2.3 percent.
An additional 1,361 Mainers have been vaccinated against the coronavirus in the previous 24 hours. As of Thursday, 719,354 Mainers have received a first dose of the vaccine, while 707,643 have received a final dose.
New Hampshire reported 24 new cases on Thursday and no deaths. Vermont reported eight new cases and no deaths, while Massachusetts reported 134 new cases and four deaths.
As of Thursday afternoon, the coronavirus had sickened 33,312,968 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 596,022 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.