There were eight additional COVID-19 cases in Knox County in the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Saturday, Dec. 4.

Since the pandemic began, 2,428 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 58 have been admitted to hospitals, and 17 have died. Two of the deaths have been during the past week.

Statewide, an additional 876 cases were reported in the past day. There were four additional deaths reported statewide Dec. 4, increasing the number to 1,336.

There were two additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 in the past day, increasing that number to 3,154 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Hospitalizations of Maine residents remain near a record high, as the CDC reports 329 Mainers are hospitalized with the virus, 104 in critical care units and 52 on respirators. Forty-five critical care beds are not in use in Maine.

Seventy percent of hospitalized patients are people who have not been vaccinated, and 90 percent of people in critical care units are unvaccinated.

Seventy-seven percent of the eligible population in Knox County are fully vaccinated. Statewide, 72 percent of the eligible population has been fully vaccinated, ranging from a low of 59 percent in Somerset County to 82 percent in Cumberland County.

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