Eight more Mainers have died and another 1,340 coronavirus cases reported across the state, Maine health officials said Wednesday.
Wednesday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 177,099, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 175,359 on Tuesday.
Of those, 130,471 have been confirmed positive, while 46,628 were classified as “probable cases,” the Maine CDC reported.
Two men and six women have succumbed to the virus, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,759.
Three were from Cumberland County, one from Franklin County, one from Penobscot County, two from Somerset County and one from York County.
Of those, three were 80 or older, three were in their 70s, one in their 60s and one in their 50s.
The number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in the past 14 days statewide is 14,159. 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 14,364 on Tuesday.
The new case rate statewide Wednesday was 10.01 cases per 10,000 residents, and the total case rate statewide was 1,323.21.
Maine’s seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 1,015.4, down from 1,041.6 the day before, down from 1,028.9 a week ago and up from 706.4 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, 3,949 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Of those, 344 are currently hospitalized, with 83 in critical care and 38 on a ventilator. Overall, 57 out of 376 critical care beds and 245 out of 322 ventilators are available.
The total statewide hospitalization rate on Wednesday was 29.51 patients per 10,000 residents.
Cases have been reported in Androscoggin (17,847), Aroostook (8,475), Cumberland (36,607), Franklin (4,396), Hancock (5,174), Kennebec (17,044), Knox (4,223), Lincoln (3,720), Oxford (8,758), Penobscot (19,959), Piscataquis (2,242), Sagadahoc (3,700), Somerset (7,472), Waldo (4,384), Washington (3,128) and York (19,969) counties. Information about where an additional case was reported wasn’t immediately available.
An additional 1,105 vaccine doses were administered in the previous 24 hours. As of Wednesday, 977,044 Mainers are fully vaccinated, or about 76.3 percent of eligible Mainers, according to the Maine CDC.
As of Wednesday morning, the coronavirus had sickened 75,355,265 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 890,939 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.