Six more Knox County residents were diagnosed with COVID-19 over the weekend, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Aug. 17.

Neighboring Waldo County had 28 additional cases over the weekend and two other people were admitted to the hospital, the CDC reported Aug. 17.

Since the pandemic began, 1,260 Knox County residents were diagnosed with the virus, 37 were admitted to hospitals and seven died.

Statewide, numbers continue to surge with an additional 645 cases in the past three days. There were three additional deaths reported statewide, increasing the number to 907. Two of the deaths were in York County and one in Penobscot County. Nine additional people statewide were hospitalized in the past weekend, increasing that number to 2,213 since the pandemic began in Maine in mid-March 2020.

Currently, 82 Mainers are hospitalized with the virus, 42 in critical care units and 21 are on respirators. This is the highest in more than 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 118 in the past weekend, amounting to 76% of the population.