There were 17 additional COVID-19 cases reported in Knox County during the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday, Oct. 21.

An additional death was reported in Knox County on Oct. 21. Last week, an Owls Head resident died from the virus but sometimes it takes days for the CDC to assign the death to the correct county.

Since the pandemic began, 1,889 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 48 have been admitted to hospitals, and 13 have died.

Statewide, an additional 551 cases were reported over the past day. There were four additional deaths reported statewide Oct. 21, increasing the number to 1,113. The deaths were in Knox, Oxford, and Franklin counties.

An additional 14 people statewide were admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 during the past day, increasing that number to 2,705 since the pandemic began in March 2020. Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said outbreaks at hospitals are the result of unvaccinated people.

Currently, 199 Mainers are hospitalized with the virus, 68 are in critical care units and 34 on respirators. This is another spike in hospitalizations.

The CDC reported Oct. 20 that 28,625 Knox County residents — 81% of the eligible population — are vaccinated. This is an increase of 52 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.