A man wears a mask while walking down Congress Street in Portland on Tuesday Dec. 29, 2020. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

Thirteen more Mainers died as health officials on Thursday reported 702 new coronavirus cases across the state.

Thursday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 24,201, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 23,499 on Tuesday.

Of those, 20,637 have been confirmed positive, while 3,564 were classified as “probable cases,” the Maine CDC reported.

The latest deaths include a man in his 80s, a woman her 60s, a woman in her 70s and a woman in her 90s from Aroostook County; a woman in her 80s and two women in their 90s from Cumberland County; a woman in her 80s from Hancock County; a man in his 50s and two men in their 70s from Oxford County; and a man in his 80s and a man in his 90s from York County. The statewide death toll now stands at 347. 


Maine’s seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 426.9, down from 431.6 a day ago and 460.6 a week ago but up from 172 a month ago.

New cases were reported in Androscoggin (51), Aroostook (32), Cumberland (178), Franklin (2), Hancock (19), Kennebec (48), Knox (9), Lincoln (5), Oxford (19), Penobscot (79), Piscataquis (5), Sagadahoc (20), Somerset (6), Waldo (2), Washington (20) and York (215) counties, state data show.

So far, 1,065 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. As of Wednesday, 177 people are currently hospitalized, with 48 in critical care and 19 on ventilators.

An additional 48 people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing the total number of Mainers who have recovered to 11,374. That means there are at least 12,480 active cases in the state, up from 11,839 on Wednesday.

As of Thursday, 27,122 Mainers have been vaccinated against COVID-19.


There have been 1,177,522 negative test results out of 1,207,730 overall. About 2.4 percent of all tests have come back positive, Maine CDC data show.

The coronavirus has hit hardest in Cumberland County, where 7,233 cases have been reported and where the bulk of virus deaths — 97 — have been concentrated. Other cases have been reported in Androscoggin (2,667), Aroostook (617), Franklin (451), Hancock (550), Kennebec (1,812), Knox (370), Lincoln (301), Oxford (1,115), Penobscot (2,050), Piscataquis (117), Sagadahoc (387), Somerset (743), Waldo (380), Washington (377) and York (5,030) counties. Information about where an additional case was reported wasn’t immediately available.

As of Thursday morning, the coronavirus had sickened 19,745,885 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 342,414 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.

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Lindsay Putnam is a senior editor for sports and features at the Bangor Daily News. Lindsay previously worked as an editor and reporter at the New York Post. She's a York Beach native and Colby College...