There were 18 additional COVID-19 cases reported in Knox County over the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Saturday, Oct. 1.

Since the pandemic began, 1,673 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 43 were admitted to hospitals and 10 have died.

Statewide, an additional 741 cases were reported over the past day. There were two additional deaths reported statewide Oct. 2, increasing the number to 1,026.

An additional 18 people statewide were admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 during the past day, increasing that number to 2,521 since the pandemic began in March 2020. The CDC said last month 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, 211 Mainers are hospitalized with the virus, 67 are in critical care units and 27 are on respirators.

The CDC reported Oct. 2 that 28,025 Knox County residents — slightly more than 79% of the eligible population — have been vaccinated. That is an increase of 42 over the past day.

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

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