There were seven additional COVID-19 cases reported in Knox County over the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Saturday, Sept. 18.

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

Since the pandemic began, 1,488 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 39 were admitted to hospitals and 10 have died.

Statewide, an additional 587 cases were reported over the past day. There was one additional death reported statewide Sept. 18, increasing the number to 982. The one death was in Penobscot County.

No additional people statewide were hospitalized over the past day with COVID-19, keeping that number at 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, a record 201 Mainers are hospitalized with the virus, a record 76 are in critical care units and 34 are on respirators. Those numbers continue to be near the highest since the pandemic began more than 18 months ago.

The CDC reported Sept. 18 an additional 62 Knox County residents were fully vaccinated over the past weekend, reaching 27,964 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.