There were eight additional COVID-19 cases reported in Knox County over the past weekend, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday, Sept. 28. And another Knox County resident was admitted to the hospital over the weekend due to the virus.

Since the pandemic began, 1,584 Knox County residents were diagnosed with the virus, 41 were admitted to hospitals and 10 have died. The admission was the second one in the past several days in Knox County.

Statewide, an additional 1,008 cases were reported over the weekend. There were eight additional deaths reported statewide Sept. 28, increasing the number to 1,022. There were five deaths reported in Penobscot County, and one each in Waldo,  Cumberland, and Oxford counties. Waldo County has seen 29 deaths since the pandemic began.

An additional 14 people statewide were admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 during the past weekend, increasing that number to 2,469 since the pandemic began mid-March 2020. The CDC said last week that 65 percent of the people hospitalized are not fully vaccinated and 90 percent in critical care and on ventilators are not fully vaccinated.

Currently, 225 Mainers are hospitalized with the virus, 70 are in critical care units and 33 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. 28 that 27,892 Knox County residents — slightly more than 79% of the eligible population — have been vaccinated. That is an increase of 46 over the weekend.

Somerset County is at nearly 60% vaccinated while Cumberland County is about 86%.

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