In this Jan. 21, 2021, file photo, pedestrians stroll across the Armistice footbridge in Belfast. Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

Another four Mainers have died as health officials on Wednesday reported 462 more coronavirus cases across the state.

The number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in the past 14 days statewide is 7,046. 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 7,393 on Tuesday.

Wednesday marked a sharp drop in new cases from a day earlier. It comes amid a general decline in the volume of new cases reported daily across the state, mirroring a gradual national decline in coronavirus transmission over the past two weeks.

Two Cumberland County residents, a Kennebec County resident and a Penobscot County resident have succumbed to the virus, bringing the statewide death toll to 562.

Wednesday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 38,170, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 37,708 on Tuesday.

Of those, 30,817 have been confirmed positive, while 7,353 were classified as “probable cases,” the Maine CDC reported.

The new case rate statewide Wednesday was 3.45 cases per 10,000 residents, and the total case rate statewide was 285.19.

Maine’s seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 459.3, down from 493.6 a day ago, down from 564 a week ago and up from 419.1 a month ago.

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, 1,366 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Of those, 183 Mainers are currently hospitalized, with 50 in critical care and 30 on ventilators. Out of 397 critical care beds, 104 are currently available. Meanwhile, 225 out of 320 ventilators are available. There are 443 alternative ventilators available.

The total statewide hospitalization rate on Wednesday was 10.21 patients per 10,000 residents.

Cases have been reported in Androscoggin (4,189), Aroostook (1,113), Cumberland (10,920), Franklin (731), Hancock (761), Kennebec (3,000), Knox (570), Lincoln (456), Oxford (1,851), Penobscot (3,300), Piscataquis (193), Sagadahoc (743), Somerset (1,062), Waldo (493), Washington (600) and York (8,179) counties. Information about where an additional nine cases were reported wasn’t immediately available.

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

Overall, 1,507,150 tests have been administered, and the statewide positivity rate is 3 percent.

An additional 2,844 Mainers have been vaccinated against the coronavirus in the past day. As of Wednesday, 92,498 Mainers have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, with 28,700 who have received two doses.

New Hampshire reported 404 new cases on Wednesday and four deaths. Vermont reported 120 new cases and no deaths, and Massachusetts reported 2,495 new cases and 42 deaths.

As of Wednesday morning, the coronavirus had sickened 25,466,642 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 426,052 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.

Nationwide, 24.5 million doses of the vaccine have been administered, an increase of 1 million doses since Tuesday, according to Bloomberg.

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