Ten more Knox County residents were diagnosed with COVID-19 over the weekend, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Aug. 10.

Neighboring Waldo County had 28 additional cases over the weekend, the CDC reported Aug. 7. The Maine CDC said there was an outbreak at Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast that affected eight staff.

Statewide, numbers also surged with an additional 361 cases since Aug. 7. No additional deaths were reported statewide, keeping the number at 901.

No additional hospitalizations or deaths were reported for Knox County residents over the past weekend or week. Since the pandemic began, 1,222 Knox County residents were diagnosed with the virus, 36 were admitted to hospitals and seven died.

The Maine CDC said the most recent sequences of viruses in Maine during July showed that 86% of the cases were the Delta variant, which is far more transmissible than the original virus.

Since January, 96% of people hospitalized in Maine were not fully vaccinated. As of last week, 75% of the people in hospitals in Maine are not fully vaccinated. As of Aug. 10, there were 47 Mainers in hospital with COVID-19, 23 were in critical care units and nine on ventilators. This is an increase in the number of people in hospitals in Maine.

A total of 26,724 people in Knox County are fully vaccinated, amounting to 76% of the people eligible to receive the shots. This is an increase of 18 over the weekend.

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

Five-Town Community School District and School Administrative District 28 Superintendent Maria Libby said she will be recommending universal masking indoors except while eating or taking a mask break.

The plan for the Camden area district is for five days per week of in-person instruction with no remote option. The school boards will vote on the plan at their Aug. 24 board meeting.

As of a few weeks ago, no decision has been made on wearing masks in Rockland area schools.

The state has recommended wearing masks in indoor public places in areas where there is considerable community transmission. No new mandates have been imposed, however, for mask wearing in Maine.