There were 10 additional COVID-19 cases reported in Knox County over the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday, Sept. 23.

Since the pandemic began, 1,527 Knox County residents were diagnosed with the virus, 39 were admitted to hospitals and 10 died.

Statewide, an additional 716 cases were reported over the past day. There were two additional deaths reported statewide Sept. 23, increasing the number to 1,009. The was one death each in Penobscot and Hancock counties.

An additional nine people were admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 during the past day, increasing that number to 2,441 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 226 Mainers are hospitalized with the virus, a record 86 are in critical care units and 40 are on respirators.

The CDC reported Sept. 23 that slightly more than 79% of the eligible population in Knox County has been vaccinated.

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.