Two additional cases of COVID-19 were reported among Knox County residents, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday.

These were the first new cases in Knox County in two weeks.

Since the pandemic began in March 2020, there have been 1,147 Knox County residents diagnosed with the virus. Thirty-six of those people have been admitted to the hospital and six have died due to the virus.

The state of emergency that has been in placed since the pandemic began ends tonight (June 30) at midnight. Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah will hold his expected final regular media briefing on the pandemic starting at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Statewide, 12 new cases were reported Wednesday, for a total of 69,033 since the pandemic began. The number of people admitted to the hospital increased by four in the past day, reaching 2,077. There are currently 29 people in the hospital, 19 are in critical care, and eight on ventilators.

No additional deaths were reported statewide, keeping the number at 858.

The spread of variants has raised concerns about health officials who continue to urge people to get vaccinated. Knox County residents are getting vaccinated at a higher rate than the state and country in general.