There were 12 additional COVID-19 cases reported in Knox County during the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday, Oct. 15.

And for the second consecutive day, another Knox County resident had to be admitted to a hospital because of the virus.

Since the pandemic began, 1,829 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 47 have been admitted to hospitals, and 12 have died.

Statewide, an additional 551 cases were reported in the past day. There were five additional deaths reported statewide Oct. 15, increasing the number to 1,093.

An additional 12 people statewide were admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 during the past day, increasing that number to 2,643 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, 167 Mainers are hospitalized with the virus, 57 are in critical care units and 29 on respirators.

The CDC reported Oct. 14 that 28,456 Knox County residents — 81% of the eligible population — are vaccinated. This is an increase of 35 people in the past day.

Somerset County is at 62% vaccinated while Cumberland County is at 87%.

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