Multiple signs about masks greet customers at 2nd to None in downtown Ellsworth on March 3. Credit: Natalie Williams / BDN

Another two Mainers have died as health officials on Monday reported 260 more coronavirus cases across the state.

The number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in the past 14 days statewide is 5,559. 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 up from 5,522 on Sunday.

It’s the third day in a row when Maine saw new cases fall. Last week, Maine had back-to-back days that saw new cases climb above 500. This decline, though, comes as the state winds back up from the weekend, which usually see a lower level of new cases than weekdays.

Two men in their 50s and 40s from Oxford County have succumbed to the virus, bringing the statewide death toll to 767.

Monday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 57,545, according to the Maine CDC. That’s up from 57,285 on Sunday.

Of those, 43,192 have been confirmed positive, while 13,192 were classified as “probable cases,” the Maine CDC reported.

The new case rate statewide Monday was 1.94 cases per 10,000 residents, and the total case rate statewide was 429.95.

Maine’s seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 475.4, down from 480.4 a day ago, up from 327.6 a week ago and up from 204.3 a month ago. That average peaked on Jan. 14 at 625.3.

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, 1,772 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Of those, 105 are currently hospitalized, with 32 in critical care and 14 on ventilators. Currently, 99 out of 382 critical care beds and 238 out of 319 ventilators are available. Meanwhile, 446 alternative ventilators are available.

The total statewide hospitalization rate on Monday was 13.24 patients per 10,000 residents.

Cases have been reported in Androscoggin (6,480), Aroostook (1,561), Cumberland (15,417), Franklin (1,142), Hancock (1,201), Kennebec (5,138), Knox (911), Lincoln (782), Oxford (2,966), Penobscot (5,076), Piscataquis (423), Sagadahoc (1,179), Somerset (1,691), Waldo (788), Washington (809) and York (11,979) counties. Information about where an additional two cases were reported wasn’t immediately available.

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

Out of 3,311 COVID-19 tests reported to the Maine CDC in the previous 24 hours, 4.5 percent came back positive.

An additional 2,541 Mainers have been vaccinated against the coronavirus in the previous 24 hours. As of Monday, 566,822 Mainers have received a first dose of the vaccine, while 429,790 have received a final dose.

New Hampshire reported 307 new cases on Monday and four deaths. Vermont reported 147 new cases and no deaths, while Massachusetts reported 1,407 new cases and seven deaths.

As of Monday evening, the coronavirus had sickened 31,727,833 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 567,649 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.

Nationwide, 212 million doses of the vaccine have been administered, an increase of 3 million since Sunday, according to Bloomberg

Correction: An earlier version of this report misstated the number of new coronavirus cases.

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