In this Jan. 14, 2021, file photo, a semi-masked man walks along the Portland waterfront. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

Another three Mainers have died as health officials on Friday reported 359 more coronavirus cases across the state.

The number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in the past 14 days statewide is 6,032. 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 6,496 on Thursday.

The statewide death toll has risen to 570.

Friday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 38,813, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 38,454 on Thursday.

Of those, 31,284 have been confirmed positive, while 7,529 were classified as “probable cases,” the Maine CDC reported.

The new case rate statewide Friday was 2.68 cases per 10,000 residents, and the total case rate statewide was 289.99 cases per 10,000 residents.

Maine’s seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 363.4, down from 403.6 a day ago, down from 500.7 a week ago and down from 451.9 a month ago. That average has been steadily declining since Jan. 14, the longest sustained drop Maine has seen since virus transmission began to surge in late October.

While new case numbers have declined across the state over the past two weeks, new cases have been rising in Franklin County, prompting the Maine Department of Education on Friday to downgrade the county’s school safety rating to yellow. A yellow rating signals a recommendation that schools hold a combination of in-person and remote classes, while schools in green counties can safely open for full-time, in-person instruction.

Franklin County has seen 64.57 new cases per 10,000 residents over the past two weeks, compared with the statewide figure of 48.46. The county has also seen Maine’s highest test positivity rate — the percentage of coronavirus tests coming back positive — in that time: 6.5 percent compared with 3.9 percent statewide.

Androscoggin, Oxford and York counties also retained their yellow ratings Friday, while Cumberland County switched from yellow to green after a steady decline in its rate of new cases since a week ago.

Throughout the pandemic, 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, 1,381 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Of those, 176 are currently hospitalized, with 54 in critical care and 31 on ventilators.

The total statewide hospitalization rate on Friday was 9.85 patients per 10,000 residents.

Cases have been reported in Androscoggin (4,269), Aroostook (1,123), Cumberland (11,063), Franklin (753), Hancock (771), Kennebec (3,056), Knox (575), Lincoln (465), Oxford (1,888), Penobscot (3,362), Piscataquis (196), Sagadahoc (768), Somerset (1,079), Waldo (505), Washington (615) and York (8,310) counties. Information about where 15 additional cases were reported wasn’t immediately available.

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

New Hampshire reported 695 new cases on Friday and 16 deaths. Vermont reported 144 new cases and no deaths, and Massachusetts reported 4,631 new cases and 44 deaths.

As of Friday evening, the coronavirus had sickened 25,874,892 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 435,452 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.

Nationwide, 27.3 million doses of the vaccine have been administered, an increase of 2.3 million doses since Thursday, according to Bloomberg.

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