In this Dec. 7, 2021, file photo, a mannequin wears a mask at the Maine Crafts Association store on Congress Street in Portland. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

Two more Mainers have died and another 253 coronavirus cases reported across the state, Maine health officials said Friday.

Friday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 232,011, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 231,758 on Thursday.

Of those, 167,999 have been confirmed positive, while 64,012 were classified as “probable cases,” the Maine CDC reported.

A man and woman in their 70s from Cumberland County have succumbed to the virus, bringing the statewide death toll to 2,142.

The number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in the past 14 days statewide is 6,758. 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 7,710 on Thursday.

The new case rate statewide Friday was 1.89 cases per 10,000 residents, and the total case rate statewide was 1,733.49.

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, 4,434 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Of those, 121 are currently hospitalized, with 25 in critical care and seven on a ventilator. Overall, 64 out of 354 critical care beds and 264 out of 328 ventilators are available.

The total statewide hospitalization rate on Friday was 33.13 patients per 10,000 residents.

Cases have been reported in Androscoggin (22,244), Aroostook (12,272), Cumberland (47,590), Franklin (5,597), Hancock (7,146), Kennebec (22,336), Knox (5,770), Lincoln (5,074), Oxford (10,990), Penobscot (26,842), Piscataquis (2,926), Sagadahoc (4,908), Somerset (9,413), Waldo (5,902), Washington (4,182) and York (38,810) counties. Information about where an additional nine cases were reported wasn’t immediately available.

An additional 520 vaccine doses were administered in the previous 24 hours. As of Friday, 990,648 Mainers are fully vaccinated, or about 77.4 percent of eligible Mainers, according to the Maine CDC.

As of Friday morning, the coronavirus had sickened 79,458,238 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 965,627 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.