There were 25 additional COVID-19 cases reported in Knox County over the past weekend, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday, Sept. 21.

Since the pandemic began, 1,513 Knox County residents were diagnosed with the virus, 39 were admitted to hospitals and 10 died.

Statewide, an additional 632 cases were reported over the past weekend. There were 18 additional deaths reported statewide Sept. 18, increasing the number to 1,002.

The deaths did not all occur over the weekend. The deaths were reported in Penobscot, Cumberland, Androscoggin, Aroostook, Franklin and one in Waldo County. The Waldo County death was the 28th since the pandemic began.

Twenty additional people statewide were hospitalized over the past weekend with COVID-19, increasing that number to 2,426 since the pandemic began mid-March 2020. The overwhelming percentage of new hospitalizations from the virus are people who are not vaccinated.

Currently, a record 214 Mainers are hospitalized with the virus, 73 are in critical care units and 33 are on respirators. Those numbers continue to be near the highest since the pandemic began more than 18 months ago.

The CDC reported Sept. 21 an additional 59 Knox County residents were fully vaccinated over the past weekend, reaching 28,023 which is slightly more than 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.