In this Jan. 20, 2021, file photo, around 30 members of the Maine National Guard walk into Maine Medical Center in Portland. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

Eighteen more Mainers have died and another 1,402 coronavirus cases reported across the state, Maine health officials said Thursday.

Thursday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 178,501, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 177,099 on Wednesday.

Of those, 131,530 have been confirmed positive, while 46,971 were classified as “probable cases,” the Maine CDC reported.

Eight men and 10 women have succumbed to the virus, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,777.

Two were from Androscoggin County, two from Aroostook County, two from Cumberland County, two from Kennebec County, three from Oxford County, three from Penobscot County, two from Waldo County and two from York County.

Of those, six were 80 or older, six were in their 70s, four in their 60s, one in their 50s and one in their 40s.

The number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in the past 14 days statewide is 14,177. 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 14,159 on Wednesday.

The new case rate statewide Thursday was 10.48 cases per 10,000 residents, and the total case rate statewide was 1,333.69.

Maine’s seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 998, down from 1,015.4 the day before, down from 1,028.9 a week ago and up from 706.7 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, 3,979 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Of those, 346 are currently hospitalized, with 80 in critical care and 31 on a ventilator. Overall, 52 out of 380 critical care beds and 245 out of 322 ventilators are available.

The total statewide hospitalization rate on Thursday was 29.73 patients per 10,000 residents.

Cases have been reported in Androscoggin (17,967), Aroostook (8,525), Cumberland (37,075), Franklin (4,416), Hancock (5,206), Kennebec (17,185), Knox (4,251), Lincoln (3,771), Oxford (8,817), Penobscot (20,090), Piscataquis (2,254), Sagadahoc (3,718), Somerset (7,503), Waldo (4,415), Washington (3,139) and York (30,169) counties.

An additional 1,339 vaccine doses were administered in the previous 24 hours. As of Thursday, 977,759 Mainers are fully vaccinated, or about 76.4 percent of eligible Mainers, according to the Maine CDC.

As of Thursday morning, the coronavirus had sickened 75,701,825 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 894,569 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.