Eighteen more Mainers have died and another 1,325 coronavirus cases were reported across the state, Maine health officials said Wednesday.
Wednesday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 144,538, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 143,213 on Tuesday.
Of those, 104,324 have been confirmed positive, while 40,214 were classified as “probable cases,” the Maine CDC reported.
Nine men and nine women have succumbed to the virus, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,510.
Three were from Androscoggin County, one from Aroostook County, three from Cumberland County, one from Franklin County, one from Hancock County, one from Kennebec County, one from Knox County, one from Oxford County, one from Piscataquis County, two from Sagadahoc County, one from Waldo County, one from Washington County and one from York County.
Of those, seven were 80 or older, seven were in their 70s, three in their 60s and one in their 50s.
The number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in the past 14 days statewide is 11,654. 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 11,833 on Tuesday.
The new case rate statewide Wednesday was 9.90 cases per 10,000 residents, and the total case rate statewide was 1,079.93.
Maine’s seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 733, down from 750.7 the day before, down from 932.4 a week ago and up from 413.6 a month ago.
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 have been recorded in women and more deaths in men.
So far, 3,405 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Of those, 331 are currently hospitalized, with 109 in critical care and 56 on a ventilator. Overall, 61 out of 378 critical care beds and 199 out of 316 ventilators are available.
The total statewide hospitalization rate on Wednesday was 25.44 patients per 10,000 residents.
Cases have been reported in Androscoggin (15,282), Aroostook (7,189), Cumberland (27,868), Franklin (3,733), Hancock (4,373), Kennebec (14,243), Knox (3,077), Lincoln (2,783), Oxford (7,575), Penobscot (17,200), Piscataquis (2,002), Sagadahoc (2,969), Somerset (6,399), Waldo (3,544), Washington (2,781) and York (23,517) counties. Information about where an additional three cases were reported wasn’t immediately available.
An additional 3,934 vaccine doses were administered in the previous 24 hours. As of Wednesday, 956,500 Mainers are fully vaccinated, or about 74.7 percent of eligible Mainers, according to the Maine CDC.
As of Wednesday morning, the coronavirus had sickened 53,217,506 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 821,346 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.