There were 34 additional COVID-19 cases reported in Knox County over the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday, Sept. 29.

That is one of the sharpest one-day increase seen in Knox County since the pandemic began in Maine nearly 19 months ago.

Since the pandemic began, 1,618 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 41 were admitted to hospitals and 10 have died. Two of the admissions have been in the past week.

Statewide, an additional 867 cases were reported over the past day. There were no additional deaths reported statewide Sept. 29, keeping the number at 1,022.

An additional six people statewide were admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 during the past day, increasing that number to 2,475 since the pandemic began in 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, 218 Mainers are hospitalized with the virus, 67 are in critical care units and 34 are on respirators. These are close to the highest numbers since the pandemic began.

The CDC reported Sept. 29 that 27,911 Knox County residents — slightly more than 79% of the eligible population — have been vaccinated. That is an increase of 19 over the past day.

Somerset County is at nearly 60% vaccinated while Cumberland County is slightly more than 85%.

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