There were 44 additional COVID-19 cases in Knox County in the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday, Dec. 30.

Since the pandemic began, 3,121 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 64 have been admitted to hospitals, and 20 have died.

Statewide, an additional 1,091 cases were reported in the past day. There were 15 additional deaths reported statewide Dec. 30, increasing the number to 1,525.

There were nine additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 in the past day, increasing that number to 3,414 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Hospitalizations of Maine residents have dropped from a record high of 383 two weeks ago. The CDC reports 331 Mainers hospitalized with the virus, 109 in critical care units and 61 on respirators. Only 61 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.

Eighty percent of the eligible population in Knox County are fully vaccinated. Statewide, 75 percent of the eligible population has been fully vaccinated, ranging from a low of 61 percent in Somerset County to 86 percent in Cumberland County.

Medical leaders across the state continue to say the spread is being fueled by people who have not been vaccinated.

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