There were 12 additional COVID-19 cases in Knox County since Saturday, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday, Nov. 23. The CDC also reported another Knox County resident died from the virus, and another was admitted to a hospital.

Since the pandemic began, 2,344 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 57 have been admitted to hospitals, and 15 have died.

Statewide, an additional 1,089 cases were reported since Saturday. There were 28 additional deaths reported statewide Nov. 23, increasing the number to 1,300. Often when such a large number of deaths are reported in a single day, it is the result of the CDC catching up with earlier death reports from hospitals. One of the new deaths reported Tuesday was a Waldo County resident.

There were 41 additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 in the past day, increasing that number to 3,074 since the pandemic began in March 2020. This marks a continued surge in hospitalizations, largely in areas where vaccinations rates are lower.

Hospitalizations of Maine residents has reached yet another record high. The CDC reports 296 Mainers are hospitalized with the virus, 87 in critical care units and 36 on respirators. Seventy percent of hospitalized patients are people who have not been vaccinated.

Seventy-six percent of the eligible population in Knox County are fully vaccinated. Statewide, 71 percent of the eligible population has been fully vaccinated.

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