There were 18 additional COVID-19 cases in Knox County in the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday, Dec. 8.

Since the pandemic began, 2,460 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 58 have been admitted to hospitals, and 17 have died.

Statewide, an additional 1,275 cases were reported in the past day. There were eight additional deaths reported statewide Dec. 8, increasing the number to 1,356. The record number of single-day cases are concentrated in areas where vaccination rates are lower than the state average.

There were 13 additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 in the past day, increasing that number to 3,185 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Hospitalizations of Maine residents has reached another record high, as the CDC reports 367 Mainers are hospitalized with the virus, 110 in critical care units and 59 on respirators. Only 26 critical care beds are available 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-eight percent of the eligible population in Knox County are fully vaccinated. Statewide, 73 percent of the eligible population has been fully vaccinated, ranging from a low of 60 percent in Somerset County to 83 percent in Cumberland County.

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