There were 15 additional COVID-19 cases reported in Knox County during the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday, Oct. 22.

Since the pandemic began, 1,904 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 48 have been admitted to hospitals, and 13 have died.

Statewide, an additional 575 cases were reported over the past day, with overall cases exceeding 100,000 since the start of the pandemic. There were two additional deaths reported statewide Oct. 22, increasing the number to 1,115. The deaths were in Lincoln and Hancock counties.

No additional people statewide were admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 during the past day, keeping that number at 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, 197 Mainers are hospitalized with the virus, 71 are in critical care units and 31 on respirators. This is another spike in hospitalizations from last week.

The CDC reported Oct. 21 28,714 Knox County residents — 81% of the eligible population — are vaccinated. This is an increase of 51 people over the past day.

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

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