There were four additional COVID-19 cases in Knox County in the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday, Dec. 15.

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.

One additional Knox County resident, however, was admitted to a hospital during the past day.

Since the pandemic began, 2,659 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 60 have been admitted to hospitals, and 17 have died.

Statewide, an additional 1,504 cases were reported since in the past day. There were two additional deaths reported statewide Dec. 15, increasing the number to 1,378.

There were 11 additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 in the past day, increasing that number to 3,252 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Hospitalizations of Maine residents hit another record high, as the CDC reports 378 Mainers hospitalized with the virus, 123 in critical care units and a record 60 on respirators. Only 37 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, 74 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.