Another Mainer has died as health officials on Wednesday reported 261 more coronavirus cases across the state.
The number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in the past 14 days statewide is 5,317. 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 5,603 on Tuesday.
A woman in her 80s from Piscataquis County has succumbed to the virus, bringing the statewide death toll to 778.
Wednesday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 60,691, according to the Maine CDC. That’s up from 60,430 on Tuesday.
Of those, 45,277 have been confirmed positive, while 15,414 were classified as “probable cases,” the Maine CDC reported.
The new case rate statewide Wednesday was 1.95 cases per 10,000 residents, and the total case rate statewide was 453.46.
Maine’s seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 327.1, down from 360.6 a day ago, down from 447.9 a week ago and up from 199.9 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, 1,829 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Of those, 117 are currently hospitalized, with 46 in critical care and 14 on ventilators. Currently, 87 out of 374 critical care beds and 247 out of 319 ventilators are available. Meanwhile, 446 alternative ventilators are available.
The total statewide hospitalization rate on Wednesday was 13.67 patients per 10,000 residents.
Cases have been reported in Androscoggin (7,077), Aroostook (1,653), Cumberland (16,013), Franklin (1,213), Hancock (1,222), Kennebec (5,569), Knox (964), Lincoln (851), Oxford (3,195), Penobscot (5,332), Piscataquis (441), Sagadahoc (1,245), Somerset (1,851), Waldo (830), Washington (826) and York (12,403) counties. Information about where an additional six cases were reported wasn’t immediately available.
For a complete breakdown of the county by county data, use the interactive graphic below.
Out of 17,103 COVID-19 tests reported to the Maine CDC in the previous 24 hours, 2.6 percent came back positive. Overall, 2,391,782 tests have been administered and the statewide positivity rate is 2.79 percent.
An additional 7,072 Mainers have been vaccinated against the coronavirus in the previous 24 hours. As of Wednesday, 620,926 Mainers have received a first dose of the vaccine, while 490,747 have received a final dose.
New Hampshire reported 268 new cases on Wednesday and eight deaths. Vermont reported 58 new cases and one death, while Massachusetts reported 965 new cases and four deaths.
As of Wednesday morning, the coronavirus had sickened 32,178,313 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 573,420 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.