There were 22 additional cases of COVID-19 in Knox County over the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Sept. 3.

This is one of the largest one-day totals Knox County experienced since the pandemic began locally 18 months ago.

Since the pandemic began, 1,368 Knox County residents were diagnosed with the virus, 37 were admitted to hospitals and seven died. Knox County has not seen any additional hospitalizations in more than two weeks, despite the steep increase in cases.

Statewide, an additional 665 cases were reported over the past day. There were three additional deaths reported statewide Sept. 3, increasing the number to 940. There was one death each in Waldo, Penobscot and Aroostook counties.

Eleven additional people statewide were hospitalized over the past day with COVID-19, increasing that number to 2,326 since the pandemic began in Maine in mid-March 2020. The overwhelming percentage of new hospitalizations from the virus are people who are not vaccinated.

Currently, 160 Mainers are hospitalized with the virus, 67 in critical care units and 26 are on respirators. Those numbers continue to increase.

The CDC reports an additional 41 Knox County residents have been fully vaccinated over the past day, reaching 27,418, which is slightly more than 77% of the eligible population.

Somerset County is only at 57% vaccinated while Cumberland County is at 84%.

Health officials continue to urge people wear masks in indoor public places and to get vaccinated.