A man leaves a pharmacy on Congress Street in Portland on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, where home COVID tests were sold out. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

Three more Mainers have died and another 282 coronavirus cases reported across the state, Maine health officials said Saturday.

Friday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 232,293, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 232,011 on Friday.

Of those, 168,193 have been confirmed positive, while 64,100 were classified as “probable cases,” the Maine CDC reported.

One man and two women from York County have succumbed to the virus, bringing the statewide death toll now to 2,145.

The number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in the past 14 days statewide is 6,173. 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 6,758 on Friday.

The new case rate statewide Saturday was 2.11 cases per 10,000 residents, and the total case rate statewide was 1,735.60.

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, 4,440 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by   the new coronavirus.

Of those, 122 are currently hospitalized, with 23 in critical care and six on a ventilator. Overall, 83 out of 354 critical care beds and 266 out of 328 ventilators are available.

The total statewide hospitalization rate on Saturday was 33.17 patients per 10,000 residents.

Cases have been reported in Androscoggin (22,250), Aroostook (12,311), Cumberland (47,630), Franklin (5,602), Hancock (7,155), Kennebec (22,368), Knox (5,775), Lincoln (5,080), Oxford (11,006), Penobscot (26,879), Piscataquis (2,928), Sagadahoc (4,914), Somerset (9,430), Waldo (5,909), Washington (4,184) and York (38,862) counties. Information about where an additional 10 cases were reported wasn’t immediately available.

An additional 525 vaccine doses were administered in the previous 24 hours. As of Saturday, 990,933 Mainers are fully vaccinated, or about 77.4 percent of eligible Mainers, according to the Maine CDC.

As of Saturday morning, the coronavirus had sickened 79,507,030 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 967,126 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.