In this March 1, 2021, file photo, a sign from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife hangs on the door of Ben's Trading Post in Presque Isle. Credit: Natalie Williams / BDN

Three more Mainers have died as health officials on Friday reported another 665 coronavirus cases. It is the largest single-day increase in months, continuing the trend from yesterday’s significant increase of 624 cases.

Friday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 77,578, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 76,913 on Thursday.

Of those, 55,815 have been confirmed positive, while 21,763 were classified as “probable cases,” the Maine CDC reported.

With three more Mainers succumbing to the virus, the death toll for the state is now 940.

The number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in the past 14 days statewide is 4,124. 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 3,644 on Thursday.

The new case rate statewide Friday was 4.97 cases per 10,000 residents, and the total case rate statewide was 579.63.

Maine’s seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 372.3, up from 315.9 a day ago, up from 245.4 a week ago and up from 101.4 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.

The total statewide hospitalization rate on Friday was 17.38 patients per 10,000 residents.

So far, 2,326 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Of those, 163 are currently hospitalized with 62 in critical care and 26 on a ventilator. Overall, 51 out of 327 critical care beds and 197 out of 304 ventilators are available.

Cases have been reported in Androscoggin (8,857), Aroostook (2,551), Cumberland (18,583), Franklin (1,539), Hancock (1,702), Kennebec (7,234), Knox (1,368), Lincoln (1,248), Oxford (3,926), Penobscot (7,924), Piscataquis (811), Sagadahoc (1,587), Somerset (2,691), Waldo (1,597), Washington (1,084) and York (14,875) counties. Information about where an additional case was reported wasn’t immediately available.

As of Friday, 848,817 Mainers are fully vaccinated, or about 71.7 percent of eligible Mainers, according to the Maine CDC. An additional 1,067 vaccine doses were administered in the previous 24 hours.

New Hampshire reported 298 new cases on Thursday and one death. Vermont reported 143 new cases and two deaths, while Massachusetts reported 1,767 new cases and 15 deaths.

As of Friday morning, the coronavirus had sickened 39,552,739 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 643,702 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.