Ten more Knox County residents were diagnosed with COVID-19 during the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday, Aug. 11.

Neighboring Waldo County had 23 additional cases over the past day, the CDC reported Aug. 11. The Maine CDC said there was an outbreak at Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast that affected eight staff as of Monday.

No additional hospitalizations or deaths were reported for Knox County residents over the past day. Since the pandemic began, 1,232 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 36 were admitted to hospitals and seven died.

Statewide, numbers continue to surge with an additional 217 cases in the past day. No additional deaths were reported statewide, keeping the number at 901. Seven additional people have been hospitalized in the past day, increasing that number to 2,179 since the pandemic began in Maine in mid-March 2020.

Currently, 47 Mainers are hospitalized with the virus, 23 in critical care units, and nine on respirators.

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.