Maine on Tuesday recorded 1,008 coronavirus cases for the highest increase in infections seen since the pandemic began, along with another nine deaths.
That jump comprises cases reported since the weekend, but even the combined total stands above those from prior weekends going back to early July when the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention changed how it traces cases. The highest single-day increase previously recorded was 834 infections on Jan. 14.
Tuesday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 88,197, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 87,189 on Saturday.
Of those, 63,041 have been confirmed positive, while 25,156 were classified as “probable cases,” the Maine CDC reported.
A Cumberland County resident, an Oxford County resident, five Penobscot County residents, a Somerset County resident and a Waldo County resident have succumbed to the virus, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,022.
Of those, one person was 80 or older, four were in their 70s, one in their 60s and three in their 50s.
The number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in the past 14 days statewide is 7,020. 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 6,679 on Saturday.
The new case rate statewide Tuesday was 7.53 cases per 10,000 residents, and the total case rate statewide was 658.97.
Maine’s seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 523, up from 469.7 the day before, up from 480.1 a week ago and up from 245.3 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, 2,469 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Of those, 218 are currently hospitalized, with 68 in critical care and 34 on a ventilator. Overall, 50 out of 332 critical care beds and 192 out of 299 ventilators are available.
The total statewide hospitalization rate on Tuesday was 18.45 patients per 10,000 residents.
Cases have been reported in Androscoggin (9,558), Aroostook (3,208), Cumberland (19,902), Franklin (1,831), Hancock (2,137), Kennebec (8,240), Knox (1,584), Lincoln (1,511), Oxford (4,334), Penobscot (10,137), Piscataquis (1,056), Sagadahoc (1,696), Somerset (3,444), Waldo (2,060), Washington (1,389) and York (16,104) counties. Information about where an additional six cases were reported wasn’t immediately available.
An additional 1,420 vaccine doses were administered in the previous 24 hours. As of Tuesday, 870,393 Mainers are fully vaccinated, or about 73.5 percent of eligible Mainers, according to the Maine CDC.
New Hampshire reported 1,252 new cases on Tuesday and four deaths. Vermont reported 200 new cases and no deaths, while Massachusetts reported 4,353 new cases and 14 deaths.
As of Tuesday morning, the coronavirus had sickened 43,127,157 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 690,706 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.