There were 69 additional COVID-19 cases in Knox County in the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday, Dec. 10. This is the highest single-day numbers since the start of the pandemic 21 months ago.

The CDC has said because of the sharply higher number of cases, some of the positive cases could be from the past few days as the state tries to handle the backlog.

Since the pandemic began, 2,590 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 59 have been admitted to hospitals, and 17 have died.

Statewide, an additional 2,158 cases were reported in the past day — a single-day record. There were eight additional deaths reported statewide Dec. 10, increasing the number to 1,365.

There were 25 additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 in the past day, increasing that number to 3,223 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Hospitalizations of Maine residents remained near a record high, as the CDC reports 373 Mainers hospitalized with the virus, a record 118 in critical care units and a record 60 on respirators. Only 34 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-nine 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 84 percent in Cumberland County.

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