There were 51 additional COVID-19 cases in Knox County in the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Saturday, Dec. 11.

Since the pandemic began, 2,641 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 59 have been admitted to hospitals, and 17 have died.

Statewide, an additional 1,015 cases were reported in the past day. There were two additional deaths reported statewide Dec. 11, increasing the number to 1,367.

There were two additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 in the past day, increasing that number to 3,226 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Hospitalizations of Maine residents remained near a record high, as the CDC reports 377 Mainers hospitalized with the virus, 120 in critical care units and a record 60 on respirators. Only 31 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.