There were eight additional COVID-19 cases reported in Knox County over the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday, Sept. 17.

In the past two weeks, three Knox County residents have died from the virus.

Since the pandemic began, 1,481 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 39 were admitted to hospitals and 10 have died.

Statewide, an additional 715 cases were reported over the past day. There were two additional deaths reported statewide Sept. 17, increasing the number to 981. There was one death each reported in Waldo and Androscoggin counties. Waldo County has seen 27 deaths since the pandemic began and two in the past two days.

Eleven additional people statewide were hospitalized over the past day with COVID-19, increasing that number to 2,404 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, a record 70 are in critical care units and 38 are on respirators. Those numbers continue to be near the highest since the pandemic began more than 18 months ago.

The CDC reported Sept. 17 an additional 39 Knox County residents were fully vaccinated over the past weekend, reaching 27,902 which is 79% of the eligible population.

Somerset County is only at 59% vaccinated while Cumberland County is at 86%.

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