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8 more Mainers have died and another 667 coronavirus cases reported across the state

8 more Mainers have died and another 667 coronavirus cases reported across the state

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Eight more Mainers have died as health officials on Tuesday reported another 667 coronavirus cases from over the weekend.

Tuesday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 81,177, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 80,510 on Saturday.

Of those, 58,193 have been confirmed positive, while 22,984 were classified as “probable cases,” the Maine CDC reported.

Three people from Aroostook, one from Hancock, three from Penobscot and one from York counties have succumbed to the virus, bringing the statewide death toll to 969.

Five of them were women and three men. Of those, two were in their 60s, three in their 70s and three in their 80s. Seven of the deaths happened between Aug. 8 and 27, and were confirmed to have involved COVID-19 after a review of vital records, according to Robert Long, a spokesperson for the Maine CDC.

The number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in the past 14 days statewide is 5,321. 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 up from 5,129 on Saturday.

The new case rate statewide Tuesday was 4.98 cases per 10,000 residents, and the total case rate statewide was 606.52.

Maine’s seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 444.1, up from 348.1 over the weekend, up from 316.9 a week ago and up from 173.7 a month ago. That average peaked on Jan. 14 at 625.3.

The most cases have been detected in Mainers younger than 20, while Mainers over 80 years old make up the majority of deaths. More cases and deaths have been recorded in women than men.

So far, 2,381 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Of those, 192 are currently hospitalized with 66 in critical care and 39 on a ventilator. Overall, 61 out of 332 critical care beds and 194 out of 304 ventilators are available.

The total statewide hospitalization rate on Tuesday was 17.79 patients per 10,000 residents.

Cases have been reported in Androscoggin (9,130), Aroostook (2,816), Cumberland (19,119), Franklin (1,609), Hancock (1,862), Kennebec (7,632), Knox (1,447), Lincoln (1,334), Oxford (4,024), Penobscot (8,543), Piscataquis (868), Sagadahoc (1,626), Somerset (2,859), Waldo (1,812), Washington (1,165) and York (15,327) counties. Information about where an additional four cases were reported wasn’t immediately available.

An additional 921 vaccine doses were administered in the previous 24 hours. As of Tuesday, 861,951 Mainers are fully vaccinated, or about 72.8 percent of eligible Mainers, according to the Maine CDC.

New Hampshire reported 1,215 new cases on Tuesday and two deaths. Vermont reported 150 new cases and one death, while Massachusetts reported 5,085 new cases and 19 deaths.

As of Tuesday morning, the coronavirus had sickened 41,241,725 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 662,525 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.

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