5 more Mainers have died and another 600 coronavirus cases reported across the state

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By Rosemary Lausier, Bangor Daily News Staff

Five more Mainers have died as health officials on Saturday reported another 600 coronavirus cases across the state.

Saturday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 94,948, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 94,348 on Friday. 

Of those, 67,648 have been confirmed positive, while 27,290 were classified as “probable cases,” the Maine CDC reported.

The statewide death toll now stands at 1,075. 

The number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in the past 14 days statewide is 7,759. 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 7,762 on Friday.

The new case rate statewide Saturday was 4.48 cases per 10,000 residents, and the total case rate statewide was 709.41.

Maine’s seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 500.7, down from 519.9 the day before, down from 609.9 a week ago and up from 357.6 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 have been recorded in women and more deaths in men.

So far, 2,590 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Additional information regarding those hospitalizations wasn’t immediately available. 

Cases have been reported in Androscoggin (10,099), Aroostook (3,521), Cumberland (20,859), Franklin (1,995), Hancock (2,474), Kennebec (9,055), Knox (1,739), Lincoln (1,666), Oxford (4,648), Penobscot (11,258), Piscataquis (1,215), Sagadahoc (1,840), Somerset (3,814), Waldo (2,170), Washington (1,602) and York (16,991) counties. Additional information about two cases was not immediately available. 

As of Saturday morning, the coronavirus had sickened 44,291,158 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 712,698 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.

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