There were 25 additional COVID-19 cases reported in Knox County over the past day and an additional death, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday, Sept. 15.

There was also an additional Knox County resident admitted to the hospital during the past day because of the virus.

Since the pandemic began, 1,472 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 39 have been admitted to hospitals and 10 have died.

Statewide, an additional 778 cases were reported over the past day. There were seven additional deaths reported statewide Sept. 15, increasing the number to 976. In addition to the Knox County death, there was one additional death in Waldo County, two in Hancock, two in Penobscot, and one in Kennebec County.

Seven additional people statewide were hospitalized over the past day with COVID-19, increasing that number to 2,388 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, 66 are in critical care units and 39 are on respirators. Those numbers continue to be near the highest since the pandemic began more than 18 months ago.

The CDC reported Sept. 15 an additional 152 Knox County residents were fully vaccinated over the past weekend, reaching 27,816 which is 79% of the eligible population.

Somerset County is only at 59% vaccinated while Cumberland County is at 85%.

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