There were eight additional COVID-19 cases reported in Knox County during the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday, Oct. 20.

No additional deaths or hospitalizations were reported in Knox County although an Owls Head resident died from the virus during the past week and that has not yet shown up on the CDC statistics.

Since the pandemic began, 1,872 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 48 have been admitted to hospitals, and 12 have died.

Statewide, an additional 649 cases were reported over the past day. There were seven additional deaths reported statewide Oct. 20, increasing the number to 1,109. There were three deaths in Cumberland County, two in Somerset, and one each in Kennebec and York counties.

An additional 16 people statewide were admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 during the past day, increasing that number to 2,691 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, 203 Mainers are hospitalized with the virus, 67 are in critical care units and 30 on respirators. This is another spike in hospitalizations.

The CDC reported Oct. 19 that 28,625 Knox County residents — 81% of the eligible population — are vaccinated. This is an increase of 47 people over 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.