There were 17 additional COVID-19 cases reported in Knox County during the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Saturday, Oct. 23.

And two more Knox County residents were admitted to a hospital during the past day because of the virus.

Since the pandemic began, 1,921 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 50 have been admitted to hospitals, and 13 have died.

Statewide, an additional 585 cases were reported over the past day. There were seven additional deaths reported statewide Oct. 23, increasing the number to 1,122. The deaths were in Cumberland, York, Penobscot, Kennebec, and Oxford counties.

There were 17 additional people statewide were admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 during the past day, increasing that number to 2,721 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Currently, 193 Mainers are hospitalized with the virus, 65 are in critical care units and 26 on respirators.

The CDC reported Oct. 22 that 28,804 Knox County residents — 81% of the eligible population — are vaccinated. This is an increase of 90 people over the past day.

Somerset County is at 63 percent vaccinated while Cumberland County is at 88 percent.

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