Students from Regional School Unit 5 wear COVID face coverings as they head home on a school bus, Jan. 5, 2022, in Freeport, Maine. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty / AP

Twenty-six more Mainers have died and another 447 coronavirus cases reported across the state, Maine health officials said Friday.

Friday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 230,720, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 230,273 on Friday.

Of those, 167,059 have been confirmed positive, while 63,661 were classified as “probable cases,” the Maine CDC reported.

Eleven men and 15 women have succumbed to the virus, bringing the statewide death toll to 2,135.

Four were from Androscoggin County, two from Aroostook County, two from Cumberland County, three from Kennebec County, two from Knox County, one from Lincoln County, one from Oxford County, four from Penobscot County, one from Piscataquis County, two from Somerset County, two from Waldo County and two from York County.

The number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in the past 14 days statewide is 16,950. 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 23,514 on Friday.

The new case rate statewide Friday was 3.34 cases per 10,000 residents, and the total case rate statewide was 1,723.84.

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, 4,401 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by   the new coronavirus.

Of those, 154 are currently hospitalized, with 33 in critical care and 12 on a ventilator. Overall, 56 out of 352 critical care beds and 257 out of 328 ventilators are available

The total statewide hospitalization rate on Saturday was 32.88 patients per 10,000 residents.

Cases have been reported in Androscoggin (22,186), Aroostook (12,050), Cumberland (47,414), Franklin (5,572), Hancock (7,088), Kennebec (22,195), Knox (5,739), Lincoln (5,031), Oxford (10,918), Penobscot (26,711), Piscataquis (2,910), Sagadahoc (4,902), Somerset (9,333), Waldo (5,877), Washington (4,133) and York (38,634) counties. Information about where an additional 27 cases were reported wasn’t immediately available.

An additional 698 vaccine doses were administered in the previous 24 hours. As of Saturday, 989,196 Mainers are fully vaccinated, or about 77.24 percent of eligible Mainers, according to the Maine CDC.

As of Saturday morning, the coronavirus had sickened 79,251,010 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 958,170 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.

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.