There were 22 additional COVID-19 cases reported in Knox County over the weekend, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday, Sept. 14.

Since the pandemic began, 1,447 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 38 were admitted to hospitals and nine died.

Statewide, an additional 667 cases were reported over the weekend. There were eight additional deaths reported statewide Sept. 14, increasing the number to 969. There were three deaths in Penobscot, three in Aroostook, and two in Cumberland counties.

Ten additional people statewide were hospitalized over the past weekend with COVID-19, increasing that number to 2,381 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, 194 Mainers are hospitalized with the virus, 67 are in critical care units and a record 40 are on respirators. Those numbers continue to be near the highest since the pandemic began more than 18 months ago.

The CDC reported Sept. 14 an additional 112 Knox County residents were fully vaccinated over the past weekend, reaching 27,664 which is nearly 79% 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.