2 more Mainers have died and another 542 coronavirus cases reported across the state

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Oct. 16—Two more Mainers have died as health officials on Saturday reported another 542 coronavirus cases across the state.

Saturday's report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 97,725, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That's up from 97,183 on Friday.

Of those, 69,647 have been confirmed positive, while 28,078 were classified as "probable cases," the Maine CDC reported.

Two men in their 80s from Penobscot County have succumbed to the virus, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,095.

The number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in the past 14 days statewide is 6,257. 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 6,456 on Friday.

The new case rate statewide Saturday was 4.05 cases per 10,000 residents, and the total case rate statewide was 730.16.

Maine's seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 402.6, down from 411.6 the day before, down from 498.9 a week ago and down from 455.6 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, 2,653 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Of those, 169 are currently hospitalized, with 60 in critical care and 31 on a ventilator. Overall, 43 out of 340 critical care beds and 200 out of 305 ventilators are available.

The total statewide hospitalization rate on Saturday was 19.82 patients per 10,000 residents.

Cases have been reported in Androscoggin (10,339), Aroostook (3,653), Cumberland (21,238), Franklin (2,114), Hancock (2,591), Kennebec (9,299), Knox (1,833), Lincoln (1,719), Oxford (4,815), Penobscot (11,665), Piscataquis (1,260), Sagadahoc (1,889), Somerset (4,015), Waldo (2,275), Washington (1,702) and York (17,310) counties. Information about where an additional eight cases were reported wasn't immediately available.

An additional 2,077 vaccine doses were administered in the previous 24 hours. As of Saturday, 892,826 Mainers are fully vaccinated, or about 75.4 percent of eligible Mainers, according to the Maine CDC.

New Hampshire reported 626 new cases on Saturday and four deaths. Vermont reported 227 new cases and one death, while Massachusetts reported 1,649 new cases and 12 deaths.

As of Saturday afternoon, the coronavirus had sickened 44,903,846 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 724,105 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.

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