Bangor is celebrating the return of the MPA's high school basketball tournament, after COVID-19 forced last year’s cancellation. Cheyenne Moody, a bartender at Seasons Grille and Sports Lounge, talks to customers Friday. Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

Four more Mainers have died and another 1,924  coronavirus cases reported across the state, Maine health officials said Friday.

Friday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 187,697, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 185,773 on Friday. 

Of those, 138,270 have been confirmed positive, while 49,427 were classified as “probable cases,” the Maine CDC reported.

The four more deaths from Androscoggin, Cumberland and Hancock and York counties bring the statewide death toll to 1,828.

The number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in the past 14 days statewide is 13,472. 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 12,821 on Friday.

The new case rate statewide Friday was 14.38 cases per 10,000 residents, and the total case rate statewide was 1,402.39.

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, 4,113 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus.

Of those, 282 are currently hospitalized, with 65 in critical care and 31 on a ventilator. Overall, 57 out of 372 critical care beds and 249 out of 328 ventilators are available

The total statewide hospitalization rate on Friday was 30.73 patients per 10,000 residents.

Cases have been reported in Androscoggin (19,002), Aroostook (8,841 ), Cumberland (39,052), Franklin (4,601), Hancock (5,446 ), Kennebec (17,885 ), Knox (4,689), Lincoln (4,011), Oxford (9,141), Penobscot (20,989), Piscataquis (2,330), Sagadahoc (3,906), Somerset (7,780), Waldo (4,652), Washington (3,234) and York (32,114) counties. Information about where an additional 24 cases were reported wasn’t immediately available.

An additional 1,324 vaccine doses were administered in the previous 24 hours. As of Saturday, 982,027 Mainers are fully vaccinated, or about 76.68 percent of eligible Mainers, according to the Maine CDC.

As of Friday morning, the coronavirus had sickened 77,654,121 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 918,455 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.

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Leela Stockley

Leela Stockley is an alumna of the University of Maine. She was raised in northern Maine, and loves her cat Wesley, her puppy Percy and staying active in the Maine outdoors.