There were four additional COVID-19 cases reported in Knox County over the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday, Sept. 22.

Since the pandemic began, 1,517 Knox County residents were diagnosed with the virus, 39 were admitted to hospitals and 10 died.

Statewide, an additional 614 cases were reported over the past day. There were five additional deaths reported statewide Sept. 22, increasing the number to 1,007. The were three deaths reported in Penobscot, County, and one each in Aroostook and Androscoggin counties.

An additional six people were admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 during the past day, increasing that number to 2,432 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 225 Mainers are hospitalized with the virus, a record 82 are in critical care units and 35 are on respirators. Those numbers continue to be near the highest since the pandemic began more than 18 months ago.

The CDC reported Sept. 22 an additional 68 Knox County residents were fully vaccinated over the past day, reaching 28,091 which is slightly more than 79% of the eligible population.

Somerset County is at nearly 60% vaccinated while Cumberland County is slightly more than 86%.

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