Two more Knox County residents were diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Saturday, July 31.

In July, 48 Knox County residents were diagnosed with the virus.

No additional hospitalizations or deaths were reported for Knox County residents in the past day. Since the pandemic began, 1,195 Knox County residents were diagnosed with the virus, 36 were admitted to hospitals, and seven died.

A total of 26,576 people in Knox County are fully vaccinated, amounting to 75% of the people eligible to receive the shots. This is an increase of 175 this week.

Statewide, an additional 91 cases of COVID-19 were reported in the past day with one additional death reported — a Waldo County resident. This increases the statewide death toll to 900. Eight additional people statewide have been hospitalized in the past day, increasing that number to 2,149 since the pandemic began.

Forty-one people are in hospitals currently across the state with 16 in critical care units and nine on ventilators.

Health officials say that the rapid spread of the Delta variant is being worsened by the failure of more people to be vaccinated.