The flu continues to have a grip on Knox County.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday that 37 new cases of the flu were confirmed in Knox County for the week ending Jan. 27. In addition, 13 more people required being admitted to a hospital because of influenza.

Knox County had the third highest number of hospitalizations last week, trailing only the much more populous counties of York (15) and Cumberland (14).

The number of new cases and hospitalizations in Knox County represented a slight decline from the previous week which reached a season high of 51 new cases and 16 hospitalizations.

Since Oct. 1, 156 people have been confirmed as having contracted influenza with 70 of those needing to be hospitalized in Knox County.

Statewide, there have been 2,307 confirmed cases of the flu with 527 people hospitalized since Oct. 1.

The average statewide age of the people getting the flu is 47 years old while the average age of those being hospitalized is 62, according to the Maine CDC.