Four more Mainers have died and another 289 coronavirus cases reported across the state, Maine health officials said Thursday.
Thursday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 231,758, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 231,469 on Wednesday.
Of those, 167,824 have been confirmed positive, while 63,934 were classified as “probable cases,” the Maine CDC reported.
Three men and a woman have succumbed to the virus, bringing the statewide death toll to 2,140.
One was from Androscoggin County, one from Hancock County, one from Penobscot County and one from York County.
Of those, two were 80 or older and two were in their 60s.
The number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in the past 14 days statewide is 7,710. 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 8,544 on Wednesday.
The new case rate statewide Thursday was 2.16 cases per 10,000 residents, and the total case rate statewide was 1,731.60.
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, 4,426 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Of those, 128 are currently hospitalized, with 28 in critical care and nine on a ventilator. Overall, 66 out of 355 critical care beds and 261 out of 328 ventilators are available
The total statewide hospitalization rate on Thursday was 33.07 patients per 10,000 residents.
Cases have been reported in Androscoggin (22,233), Aroostook (12,226), Cumberland (47,566), Franklin (5,585), Hancock (7,133), Kennebec (22,312), Knox (5,763), Lincoln (5,071), Oxford (10,973), Penobscot (26,806), Piscataquis (2,920), Sagadahoc (4,923), Somerset (9,389), Waldo (5,901), Washington (4,167) and York (38,781) counties. Information about where an additional nine cases were reported wasn’t immediately available.
An additional 588 vaccine doses were administered in the previous 24 hours. As of Thursday, 990,364 Mainers are fully vaccinated, or about 77.3 percent of eligible Mainers, according to the Maine CDC.
As of Thursday morning, the coronavirus had sickened 79,413,957 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 963,869 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.