There were 15 additional COVID-19 cases reported in Knox County, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Sept. 11.

Since the pandemic began, 1,425 Knox County residents were diagnosed with the virus, 38 were admitted to hospitals and nine died.

Statewide, an additional 581 cases were reported in the past day. There were two additional deaths reported statewide Sept. 11, increasing the number to 961. There was one death each in Penobscot and Aroostook counties.

Twelve additional people statewide were hospitalized over the past day with COVID-19, increasing that number to 2,371 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, 192 Mainers are hospitalized with the virus, 72 are in critical care units and a record 37 are on respirators. Those numbers continue to increase and are the highest since the pandemic began 18 months ago.

The CDC reported Sept. 11 an additional 54 Knox County residents were fully vaccinated over the past day, reaching 27,664 which is slightly more than 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 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.