Five more Knox County residents were diagnosed with COVID-19, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday.

This continues a spike in cases locally. In the past nine days, 30 additional cases have been diagnosed in Knox County residents.

There were no additional hospitalizations or deaths reported in Knox County in the past day.

Since the pandemic began in mid-March 2020, 1,180 Knox County residents have been diagnosed, 36 have been admitted to the hospital, and seven have died.

Statewide, 47 additional cases have been diagnosed in the past day with five additional deaths. The deaths were one each in Kennebec, Penobscot, Oxford, Somerset, and Aroostook counties. The statewide death toll from the virus now stands at 887.

There are currently 27 people statewide who are in the hospital with COVID-19. Fourteen of those people are in critical care units and eight are on respirators.

As of July 12, five confirmed and five suspected cases of the new Delta variant has been found in Maine residents.

Additional vaccinations have slowed to a crawl with 74 percent of eligible Knox County residents vaccinated.