There were eight additional COVID-19 cases and another death reported in Knox County over the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday, Oct. 6.

The CDC updated its Wednesday figures early in the afternoon because of information technology issue. The statistics released in the morning had not been complete.

Since the pandemic began, 1,693 Knox County residents were diagnosed with the virus, 44 were admitted to hospitals and 12 died. There have been two deaths reported in the past week of Knox County residents.

Statewide, an additional 836 cases were reported over the past day. There were 29 additional deaths reported statewide Oct. 6, increasing the number to 1,065. When such a large number of deaths are reported in a single day, it generally is due to late reporting by hospitals or by a review of death certificates from a longer period.

Twelve of the deaths were in Penobscot County, four each in Aroostook and Kennebec counties, two in Androscoggin, and one each in Knox, Waldo, Cumberland, York, Franklin, Somerset, and Oxford counties.

An additional 25 people statewide were admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 during the past day, increasing that number to 2,561 since the pandemic began in March 2020. The CDC said last month that 65% of the people hospitalized are not fully vaccinated and 90% in critical care and on ventilators are not fully vaccinated.

Currently, 166 Mainers are hospitalized with the virus, 51 are in critical care units and 21 are on respirators. This represents a decrease in the past week.

The CDC reported Oct. 6 that 28,155 Knox County residents — nearly 80% of the eligible population — are vaccinated. This is an increase of 89 people in the past day.

Somerset County is at 61% vaccinated while Cumberland County is nearly 86%.

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