In this Dec. 22, 2020, file photo, a sign on the door to a Portland building instructs visitors to wear a mask. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

Another four Mainers have died as health officials on Friday reported 636 more coronavirus cases.

The number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in the past 14 days statewide is 7,888. 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 down from 8,013 on Thursday.

Three Cumberland county residents and one Penobscot county resident died, bringing the statewide death toll to 540.

Maine’s seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 501.4, down from 622.4 a day ago, down from 625.6 a week ago and up from 423.1 a month ago. 

The new case rate statewide Friday is 4.75 cases per 10,000 residents, and the total case rate statewide is 271.02.

Friday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 36,274, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 35,638 on Thursday.

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Of those, 20,472 have been confirmed positive, while 6,802 were classified as “probable cases,” the Maine CDC reported.

The most cases have been detected in Mainers in their 20s, while Mainers over 80 years old make up the majority of deaths. More cases and deaths have been recorded in women than men.

For a complete breakdown of the age and sex demographics of cases, hospitalizations and deaths, use the interactive graphic below. 

So far, 1,309 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Of those, 190 are currently hospitalized with 61 in critical care and 19 on a ventilator. That’s eight more COVID-19 patients who are in the hospital, seven more in critical care and two fewer on ventilators as yesterday.

There are 83 remaining ICU beds available across the state. 

The total statewide hospitalization rate on Friday is 9.94 patients per 10,000 residents. 

Cases have been reported in Androscoggin (3,965), Aroostook (1,078), Cumberland (10,479), Franklin (644), Hancock (717), Kennebec (2,828), Knox (540), Lincoln (426), Oxford (1,737), Penobscot (3,123), Piscataquis (180), Sagadahoc (687), Somerset (1,024), Waldo (456), Washington (544) and York (7,827) counties. Information about where an additional 19 cases were reported wasn’t immediately available.

For a complete breakdown of the county by county data, use the interactive graphic below. 

Overall, 1,453,988 tests have been administered and the statewide positivity rate is 2.94 percent. An additional 6,363 Mainers have been vaccinated against the coronavirus in the past day, and 2,628 received their second dose. As of Friday, 98,371 Mainers have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, with 19,876 who have received two doses. New Hampshire reported 857 new cases on Friday and 12 deaths. Vermont reported 109 new cases and three deaths, and Massachusetts reported 5,140 new cases and 77 deaths.

As of Friday evening, the coronavirus had sickened 24,775,585 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 413,059 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.

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