The news was grim Tuesday, Nov. 16 with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reporting another Knox County resident died from COVID-19.

The CDC reported there were 15 additional COVID-19 cases reported in Knox County since Saturday, and two more Knox County residents were admitted to a hospital with the virus.

Since the pandemic began, 2,253 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 56 have been admitted to hospitals, and 14 have died.

Statewide, an additional 946 cases were reported since Saturday. There were 13 additional deaths reported statewide Nov. 16, increasing the number to 1,243.

There were 37 additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 since Saturday, increasing that number to 2,972 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

A record number of Maine residents are hospitalized due to the the virus. The CDC reports 248 Mainers are hospitalized with the virus, 72 in critical care units and 31 on respirators. The large percentage of hospitalized patients are people who have not been vaccinated.

The CDC reported Nov. 15, 30,747 Knox County residents — 81 percent of the eligible population — are fully vaccinated. This is up 85 from Saturday.

Statewide, 74 percent of eligible people have been fully vaccinated.

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