In this Dec. 28, 2021, file photo, a masked man walks by a sign on Exchange Street in Portland. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

Twelve more Mainers have died and another 1,526 coronavirus cases reported across the state, Maine health officials said Thursday.

Thursday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 171,524, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 169,998 on Wednesday.

Of those, 126,046 have been confirmed positive, while 45,478 were classified as “probable cases,” the Maine CDC reported.

Two people from Androscoggin County, one from Aroostook County, one from Cumberland County, one from Kennebec County, three from Penobscot County, two from Piscataquis County and two from York County have succumbed to the virus, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,728.

Of those, four were 80 or older, four 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 13,437. 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 13,466 on Wednesday.

The new case rate statewide Thursday was 11.40 cases per 10,000 residents, and the total case rate statewide was 1,281.56.

Maine’s seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 1,039.9, up from 1,029 the day before, up from 897 a week ago and up from 766.9 a month ago.

The most cases have been detected in Mainers younger than 20, while Mainers over 80 years old account for the largest portion of deaths. More cases have been recorded in women and more deaths in men.

So far, 3,860 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Of those, 400 are currently hospitalized, with 84 in critical care and 38 on a ventilator. Overall, 61 out of 372 critical care beds and 216 out of 321 ventilators are available.

The total statewide hospitalization rate on Thursday was 28.84 patients per 10,000 residents.

Cases have been reported in Androscoggin (17,332), Aroostook (8,294), Cumberland (34,769), Franklin (4,350), Hancock (5,017), Kennebec (16,552), Knox (4,082), Lincoln (3,614), Oxford (8,588), Penobscot (19,464), Piscataquis (2,198), Sagadahoc (3,567), Somerset (7,267), Waldo (4,307), Washington (3,051) and York (29,059) counties. Information about where an additional 13 coronavirus cases were reported wasn’t immediately available.

An additional 1,528 vaccine doses were administered in the previous 24 hours. As of Thursday, 974,004 Mainers are fully vaccinated, or about 76.1 percent of eligible Mainers, according to the Maine CDC.

As of ThAs of Thursday morning, the coronavirus had sickened 72,924,074 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 876,164 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.