There were 13 additional COVID-19 cases in Knox County since Saturday, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday, Dec. 14.

That is a slowdown after last week when cases were increasing by about 50 or more each day. Knox County has one of the higher vaccination rates in the state and country.

Since the pandemic began, 2,655 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 59 have been admitted to hospitals, and 17 have died.

Statewide, an additional 1,383 cases were reported since Saturday. There were nine additional deaths reported statewide Dec. 14, increasing the number to 1,376.

There were 15 additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 in the past day, increasing that number to 3,241 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Hospitalizations of Maine residents remained near a record high, as the CDC reports 369 Mainers hospitalized with the virus, 115 in critical care units and a record 57 on respirators. Only 43 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.