Two more Mainers have died as health officials on Monday reported another 92 coronavirus cases across the state.
The number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in the past 14 days statewide is 2,863. 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 2,985 on Sunday.
That marks the lowest single-day increase in new cases and the first day when cases slipped beneath the triple digits Maine has seen since Feb. 16 when only 91 were reported. The February ebb in cases preceded a spring surge in infection that again carried case numbers north of 200 even amid a vigorous push to distribute vaccines.
It comes as Maine on Monday lifted the mask mandate for fully vaccinated adults, marking the most visible movement back toward normalcy as face coverings have become the symbol of the pandemic and at times a political flashpoint in the struggle against the virus. Despite the movement away from masks, some businesses and government offices will continue to require face coverings.
A man and woman in their 60s and 80s from Kennebec County have succumbed to the virus, bringing the statewide death toll to 822.
Monday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 67,071, according to the Maine CDC. That’s up from 66,979 on Sunday.
Of those, 49,170 have been confirmed positive, while 17,901 were classified as “probable cases,” the Maine CDC reported.
The new case rate statewide Monday was 0.69 cases per 10,000 residents, and the total case rate statewide was 501.13.
Maine’s seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 166.9, down from 182 a day ago, down from 245.9 a week ago and down from 389.7 a month ago. That average peaked on Jan. 14 at 625.3.
The most cases have been detected in Mainers younger than 20, 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, 1,982 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Of those, 120 are currently hospitalized, with 41 in critical care and 20 on ventilators. Currently, 93 out of 385 critical care beds and 234 out of 319 ventilators are available. Meanwhile, 451 alternative ventilators are available.
The total statewide hospitalization rate on Monday was 14.81 patients per 10,000 residents.
Cases have been reported in Androscoggin (8,185), Aroostook (1,827), Cumberland (17,021), Franklin (1,329), Hancock (1,329), Kennebec (6,389), Knox (1,116), Lincoln (1,039), Oxford (3,530), Penobscot (6,030), Piscataquis (547), Sagadahoc (1,445), Somerset (2,165), Waldo (1,002), Washington (866) and York (13,251) counties.
For a complete breakdown of the county by county data, use the interactive graphic below.
Out of 2,324 COVID-19 tests reported to the Maine CDC in the previous 24 hours, 4.4 percent came back positive. Overall, 2,613,197 tests have been administered and the statewide positivity rate is 2.81 percent.
An additional 1,770 Mainers have been vaccinated against the coronavirus in the previous 24 hours. As of Monday, 701,715 Mainers have received a first dose of the vaccine, while 673,858 have received a final dose.
New Hampshire reported 59 new cases on Monday and no deaths. Vermont reported 22 new cases and no deaths, while Massachusetts reported 346 new cases and five deaths.
As of Monday morning, the coronavirus had sickened 33,118,927 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 589,920 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.
Correction: An earlier version of this report provided the incorrect sex for one of the latest two deaths.