Another 7,636 coronavirus cases have been reported across the state since Saturday, Maine health officials said Tuesday.
That jump in cases comes as the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention continues to hack away at a large backlog of positive cases, which has made the daily case count a less reliable barometer of the virus’ intensity in the state.
Tuesday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 221,406, according to the Maine CDC. That’s up from 213,770 on Saturday.
Of those, 161,436 have been confirmed positive, while 59,970 were classified as “probable cases,” the Maine CDC reported.
No new deaths were reported Tuesday, leaving the statewide death toll standing at 1,960.
The number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in the past 14 days statewide is 39,005. 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 37,787 on Monday.
The new case rate statewide Tuesday was 19.49 cases per 10,000 residents, and the total case rate statewide was 1,654.25.
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, 4,254 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Of those, 224 are currently hospitalized, with 48 in critical care and 18 on a ventilator. Overall, 74 out of 356 critical care beds and 262 out of 328 ventilators are available.
The total statewide hospitalization rate on Tuesday was 31.78 patients per 10,000 residents.
Cases have been reported in Androscoggin (21,294), Aroostook (11,100), Cumberland (45,730), Franklin (5,424), Hancock (6,780), Kennebec (20,954), Knox (5,541), Lincoln (4,871), Oxford (10,522), Penobscot (25,260), Piscataquis (2,781), Sagadahoc (4,731), Somerset (8,859), Waldo (5,696), Washington (3,842) and York (37,610) counties. Information about where an additional 411 cases were reported wasn’t immediately available.
An additional 566 vaccine doses were administered in the previous 24 hours. As of Tuesday, 985,776 Mainers are fully vaccinated, or about 77 percent of eligible Mainers, according to the Maine CDC.
As of Tuesday morning, the coronavirus had sickened 78,532,101 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 935,992 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.