Another 175 coronavirus cases have been reported across the state, Maine health officials said Thursday.
The number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in the past 14 days statewide is 3,604. 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 3,713 on Wednesday.
It’s the lowest single-day increase in new coronavirus cases Maine has seen on a weekday since Nov. 16, when 173 were reported.
But even as Maine sees the holiday surge continue to decline, the state is grappling with the appearance of a more infectious variant of the virus in a Franklin County resident. The strain of the virus, known as the B.1.1.7 variant and first detected in the United Kingdom, seems to be between 40 and 70 percent more contagious than other variants.
Maine CDC Director Nirav Shah warned earlier this month that a resurgence in virus transmission is possible if new virus variants appear in Maine, which is still seeing new caseloads well above where they were prior to late October.
No new deaths were reported Thursday, leaving the statewide death toll at 641. It’s the first time this month when no new deaths were reported.
Thursday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 42,058, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 41,883 on Wednesday.
Of those, 33,575 have been confirmed positive, while 8,482 were classified as “probable cases,” the Maine CDC reported.
The new case rate statewide Thursday was 1.31 cases per 10,000 residents, and the total case rate statewide was 314.24.
Maine’s seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 217.9, down from 235.4 a day ago, down from 298.4 a week ago and down from 520.7 a month ago. That rate has been steadily falling since Jan. 14, when it peaked at 625.6.
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, 1,464 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Of those, 100 Mainers are currently hospitalized, with 22 in critical care and 10 on ventilators. Out of 394 critical care beds, 116 are currently available. Meanwhile, 241 out of 321 ventilators are available. Currently, 443 alternative ventilators are available.
The total statewide hospitalization rate on Thursday was 10.94 patients per 10,000 residents.
Cases have been reported in Androscoggin (4,553), Aroostook (1,213), Cumberland (11,841), Franklin (860), Hancock (835), Kennebec (3,428), Knox (599), Lincoln (528), Oxford (2,099), Penobscot (3,627), Piscataquis (238), Sagadahoc (845), Somerset (1,185), Waldo (559), Washington (685) and York (8,963) counties.
For a complete breakdown of the county by county data, use the interactive graphic below.
Overall, 1,670,124 tests have been administered and the statewide positivity rate is 2.99 percent.
An additional 4,862 Mainers have been vaccinated against the coronavirus in the previous 24 hours. As of Thursday, 155,872 Mainers have received a first dose of the vaccine, while 60,020 have received two doses.
New Hampshire reported 329 new cases on Thursday and seven deaths. Vermont reported 17 new cases and one death, and Massachusetts reported 2,050 new cases and 83 deaths.
As of Thursday evening, the coronavirus had sickened 27,378,881 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 474,988 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.
Nationwide, 48 million doses of the vaccine have been administered, an increase of 2 million doses since Wednesday, according to Bloomberg.