Seven more Knox County residents were diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Saturday, Aug. 14. And one more Knox County resident was admitted to a hospital during the past day.

Neighboring Waldo County had 15 additional cases over the past day and another person admitted to the hospital, the CDC reported Aug. 14.

Since the pandemic began, 1,254 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 37 were admitted to hospitals and seven died.

Statewide, numbers continue to surge with an additional 188 cases in the past day. There were no additional deaths reported statewide, keeping the number at 904. Six additional people statewide were hospitalized in the past day, increasing that number to 2,204 since the pandemic began in Maine in mid-March 2020.

Currently, 69 Mainers are hospitalized with the virus, 35 in critical care units and 15 are on respirators. This is another significant jump and the highest in four months.

The CDC is recommending that residents in Knox and Waldo counties wear face coverings while inside public places. Local schools have announced that students, staffs, and visitors will be required to wear masks while indoors.

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 26,807 Knox County residents 18 and older are vaccinated, an increase of about 40 in the past day, amounting to 76% of the population.