Seven more Knox County residents were diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday, Aug. 13.

Neighboring Waldo County had 21 additional cases over the past day and two additional people admitted to hospitals, the CDC reported Aug. 13.

No additional hospitalizations or deaths were reported for Knox County residents over the past day. Since the pandemic began, 1,247 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 215 cases in the past day. One additional death was reported statewide, an Aroostook County resident — increasing the number to 904. Thirteen additional people statewide were hospitalized in the past day, increasing that number to 2,198 since the pandemic began in Maine in mid-March 2020.

Currently, 67 Mainers are hospitalized with the virus, 30 in critical care units and 15 are on respirators. This is another significant jump and the highest since spring.

The CDC is recommending that residents in Knox and Waldo counties wear face coverings while inside public places.

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.

The CDC reports 26,764 Knox County residents 18 and older are vaccinated, 76% of the population. This is an increase of 40 in the past two days. Neighboring Waldo County has fewer than 65% of its population vaccinated.