There were 12 additional COVID-19 cases reported in Knox County, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday, Sept. 10.

Since the pandemic began, 1,410 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 38 were admitted to hospitals and nine have died.

Statewide, an additional 506 cases were reported in the past day. There were eight additional deaths reported statewide Sept. 10, increasing the number to 959. There were three deaths in Aroostook County, two in Penobscot, and one each in Cumberland, Hancock, and Washington counties.

Ten additional people statewide were hospitalized over the past day with COVID-19, increasing that number to 2,359 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, 193 Mainers are hospitalized with the virus, a record high 74 are in critical care units and 36 are on respirators. Those numbers continue to increase and are the highest since the pandemic began 18 months ago.

The CDC reported Sept. 10 an additional 45 Knox County residents have been fully vaccinated over the past day, reaching 27,610 which is 78% of the eligible population.

Somerset County is only at 58% vaccinated while Cumberland County is at 85%.

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

The Regional School Unit 13 Board voted Thursday night, Sept. 9 for a policy requiring masks be worn by students, staff, and people visiting the school. One parent spoke out against a mask mandate, making false claims about the dangers of masks, the danger of the vaccines, and downplayed the seriousness of the pandemic.