There were four additional COVID-19 cases reported in Knox County during the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Saturday, Oct. 16.

And for the third consecutive day, another Knox County resident had to be admitted to a hospital because of the virus. The state does not list any additional deaths of Knox County residents, however, an Owls Head man succumbed to the virus earlier this week but that has not yet been listed by the Maine CDC on its website.

Since the pandemic began, 1,833 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 48 have been admitted to hospitals, and 12 have died.

Statewide, an additional 542 cases were reported in the past day. There were two additional deaths reported statewide Oct. 16, increasing the number to 1,095. Both deaths were Penobscot County residents.

An additional 10 people statewide were admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 during the past day, increasing that number to 2,653 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, 60 are in critical care units and 31 on respirators.

The CDC reported Oct. 15 that 28,513 Knox County residents — 81% of the eligible population — are vaccinated. This is an increase of 57 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.