Another three Mainers have died as health officials on Monday reported 439 new coronavirus cases across the state.
Monday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 22,319, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 21,880 on Sunday.
Of those, 19,128 have been confirmed positive, while 3,191 were classified as “probable cases,” the Maine CDC reported.
A man in his 80s, a man in his 70s and a woman in her 70s from York County have succumbed to the virus, bringing the statewide death toll to 326. Nearly all deaths have been in Mainers over age 60.
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Maine’s seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 434.7, up from 419.7 a day ago, up from 424.1 a week ago and up from 246 a month ago.
Health officials have warned Mainers that “forceful and widespread” community transmission is being seen throughout the state. Every county is seeing high community transmission, which the Maine CDC defines as a case rate of 16 or more cases per 10,000 people.
There are two criteria for establishing community transmission: at least 10 confirmed cases and that at least 25 percent of those are not connected to either known cases or travel.
So far, 1,032 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Of those, 181 are currently hospitalized, with 48 in critical care and 14 on a ventilator.
Meanwhile, 34 more Mainers have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing total reported recoveries to 11,184. That means there are at least 10,809 active confirmed and “probable” cases in the state, which is up from 10,406 on Sunday.
Maine CDC data likely underestimate the true number of recoveries as investigators have struggled to keep up with the surge in virus transmission, making it difficult with them to follow up with previous cases to confirm recoveries. Instead, the Maine CDC is just releasing data on those recoveries directly reported to it. The underreported recoveries also affect the estimated number of likely active cases across the state.
So far, 17,180 vaccinations have been reported by the Maine CDC.
A majority of the cases — 12,959 — have been in Mainers under age 50, while more cases have been reported in women than men, according to the Maine CDC.
As of Monday, there have been 1,152,276 negative test results out of 1,180,847 overall. More than 2.3 percent of all tests have come back positive, Maine CDC data show.
The coronavirus has hit hardest in Cumberland County, where 6,744 cases have been reported and where the bulk of virus deaths — 92 — have been concentrated. Other cases have been reported in Androscoggin (2,456), Aroostook (505), Franklin (439), Hancock (511), Kennebec (1,672), Knox (340), Lincoln (283), Oxford (1,043), Penobscot (1,871), Piscataquis (108), Sagadahoc (354), Somerset (704), Waldo (367), Washington (339) and York (4,574) counties. Information about where an additional nine cases were reported wasn’t immediately available.
As of Monday morning, the coronavirus had sickened 19,161,619 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 333,326 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.