There were 12 additional COVID-19 cases in Knox County in the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday, Nov. 24.

Since the pandemic began, 2,356 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 57 have been admitted to hospitals, and 15 have died.

Statewide, an additional 993 cases were reported in the past day. There were three additional deaths reported statewide Nov. 24, increasing the number to 1,303.

There were 18 additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 in the past day, increasing that number to 3,092 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 reached another record high, as the CDC reports 298 Mainers are hospitalized with the virus, 96 in critical care units and 40 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.