There were 15 additional COVID-19 cases reported in Knox County over the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday, Sept. 24.

Since the pandemic began, 1,542 Knox County residents were diagnosed with the virus, 39 were admitted to hospitals and 10 died.

Statewide, an additional 714 cases were reported over the past day. There were no additional deaths reported statewide Sept. 24, keeping the number at 1,009.

An additional eight people were admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 during the past day, increasing that number to 2,449 since the pandemic began mid-March 2020. The overwhelming percentage of new hospitalizations from the virus are people who are not vaccinated.

Currently, 221 Mainers are hospitalized with the virus, 83 are in critical care units and 37 are on respirators. These are close to the highest numbers since the pandemic began more than 18 months ago in Maine.

The CDC reported Sept. 24 that 27,832 Knox County residents –slightly more than 79% of the eligible population — have 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.