Sierra Firley, 21, works at 2nd to None in downtown Ellsworth on March 3. Credit: Natalie Williams / BDN

Health officials reported that eight more deaths and another 506 coronavirus cases have been detected in Maine.

Friday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 79,929, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 79,423 on Thursday.

Of those, 57,363 have been confirmed positive, while 22,566 were classified as “probable cases,” the Maine CDC reported.

Eight new deaths were reported, raising the death toll for the state to 959.

The number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in the past 14 days statewide is 4,963. 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 4,724 on Thursday.

The new case rate statewide Friday was 3.78 cases per 10,000 residents, and the total case rate statewide was 597.20.

Maine’s seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 337, down from 359.1 on Thursday, down from 383.4 a week ago and up from 146.7 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.

So far, 2,359 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Of those, 192 are currently hospitalized, with 72 in critical care and 37 on ventilators.

As of Friday, 857,066 Mainers were fully vaccinated, or about 72.2 percent of eligible Mainers, according to the Maine CDC. An additional 1,187 vaccine doses were administered in the previous 24 hours.

Cases have been reported in Androscoggin (9,041), Aroostook (2,755), Cumberland (18,928), Franklin (1,587), Hancock (1,792), Kennebec (7,478), Knox (1,420), Lincoln (1,309), Oxford (4,007), Penobscot (8,328), Piscataquis (820), Sagadahoc (1,615), Somerset (2,816), Waldo (1,727), Washington (1,128) and York (15,185) counties. Information about an additional three cases was not immediately available Friday.

New Hampshire reported 523 new cases on Friday and five deaths. Vermont reported 152 new cases and one death, while Massachusetts reported 2,407 new cases and 18 deaths.

As of Friday morning, the coronavirus had sickened 40,605,686 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 654,618 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.