Seven more Knox County residents were diagnosed with COVID-19 over the weekend, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Aug. 3.

The August numbers continue a trend started in July. In July, 48 Knox County residents were diagnosed with the virus, after a slowdown was seen in the spring.

No additional hospitalizations or deaths were reported for Knox County residents over the weekend. Since the pandemic began, 1,202 Knox County residents were diagnosed with the virus, 36 were admitted to hospitals and seven died.

A total of 26,608 people in Knox County are fully vaccinated, amounting to 75% of the people eligible to receive the shots. This is an increase of 32 over the weekend.

Statewide, an additional 255 cases of COVID-19 were reported over the weekend with no additional deaths reported. This kept the statewide death toll at 900. Five additional people statewide were hospitalized over the weekend, increasing that number to 2,154 since the pandemic began.

Forty-two people are in hospitals currently across the state with 22 in critical care units and eight on ventilators.

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