Three more Mainers have died as health officials on Thursday reported another 652 coronavirus cases across the state.
Thursday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 82,607, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 81,955 on Wednesday.
Of those, 59,155 have been confirmed positive, while 23,452 were classified as “probable cases,” the Maine CDC reported.
Two men and a woman in their 70s and 80s from Penobscot, Somerset and Waldo counties have succumbed to the virus, bringing the statewide death toll to 979.
The number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in the past 14 days statewide is 5,693. 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 5,666 on Wednesday.
The new case rate statewide Thursday was 4.87 cases per 10,000 residents, and the total case rate statewide was 617.21.
Maine’s seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 456.4, up from 449.9 the day before, up from 357.9 a week ago and up from 173.7 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, 2,393 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Of those, 194 are currently hospitalized with 70 in critical care and 38 on a ventilator. Overall, 52 out of 333 critical care beds and 187 out of 294 ventilators are available.
The total statewide hospitalization rate on Thursday was 17.88 patients per 10,000 residents.
Cases have been reported in Androscoggin (9,233), Aroostook (2,870), Cumberland (19,314), Franklin (1,680), Hancock (1,887), Kennebec (7,741), Knox (1,473), Lincoln (1,379), Oxford (4,101), Penobscot (8,861), Piscataquis (882), Sagadahoc (1,638), Somerset (2,991), Waldo (1,872), Washington (1,187) and York (15,483) counties. Information about where an additional 15 cases were reported wasn’t immediately available.
An additional 990 vaccine doses were administered in the previous 24 hours. As of Thursday, 865,309 Mainers are fully vaccinated, or about 73.1 percent of eligible Mainers, according to the Maine CDC.
New Hampshire reported 544 new cases on Thursday and four deaths. Vermont reported 208 new cases and one death, while Massachusetts reported 2,877 new cases and 15 deaths.
As of Thursday morning, the coronavirus had sickened 41,657,842 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 664,969 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.