In this Dec. 8, 2020, file photo, a health care worker wears personal protective equipment as she speaks with a patient at a mobile testing location for COVID-19 in Auburn. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty / AP

Three more Mainers have died and another 254 coronavirus cases reported across the state, Maine health officials said Thursday.

Thursday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 234,413, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 234,159 on Wednesday.

Of those, 169,669 have been confirmed positive, while 64,744 were classified as “probable cases,” the Maine CDC reported.

Two women and a man in their 50s, 70s and 80s from Androscoggin and Kennebec counties have succumbed to the virus, bringing the statewide death toll to 2,193.

The number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in the past 14 days statewide is 2,655. 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 2,690 on Wednesday.

The new case rate statewide Thursday was 1.90 cases per 10,000 residents, and the total case rate statewide was 1,751.44.

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, 4,525 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Of those, 89 are currently hospitalized, with 19 in critical care and six on a ventilator. Overall, 58 out of 354 critical care beds and 262 out of 329 ventilators are available.

The total statewide hospitalization rate on Thursday was 33.81 patients per 10,000 residents.

Cases have been reported in Androscoggin (22,342), Aroostook (12,534), Cumberland (47,895), Franklin (5,630), Hancock (7,295), Kennebec (22,620), Knox (5,856), Lincoln (5,127), Oxford (11,146), Penobscot (27,123), Piscataquis (2,956), Sagadahoc (5,005), Somerset (9,493), Waldo (5,970), Washington (4,279) and York (39,133) counties. Information about where an additional eight cases were reported wasn’t immediately available.

An additional 512 vaccine doses were administered in the previous 24 hours. As of Thursday, 993,341 Mainers are fully vaccinated, or about 77.6 percent of eligible Mainers, according to the Maine CDC.

As of Thursday morning, the coronavirus had sickened 79,845,459 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 974,888 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.