There were 61 additional COVID-19 cases in Knox County in the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday, Dec. 9. This is one of the highest single-day numbers since the start of the pandemic 21 months ago.

And, another Knox County resident was admitted to a hospital because of the virus.

Since the pandemic began, 2,521 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 59 have been admitted to hospitals, and 17 have died.

Statewide, an additional 1,460 cases were reported in the past day — a single-day record. There was one additional death reported statewide Dec. 9, increasing the number to 1,357.

There were 13 additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 in the past day, increasing that number to 3,198 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Hospitalizations of Maine residents reached another record high, as the CDC reports 379 Mainers hospitalized with the virus, 117 in critical care units and 60 on respirators. Only 42 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.