There were 48 additional COVID-19 cases in Knox County in the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday, Dec. 31.

Since the pandemic began, 3,169 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 64 have been admitted to hospitals, and 20 have died.

Statewide, an additional 1,107 cases were reported in the past day. There were five additional deaths reported statewide Dec. 31, increasing the number to 1,531.

There were 12 additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 in the past day, increasing that number to 3,426 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

New daily cases numbers will not be updated again until Tuesday, Jan. 4 because of the holiday weekend.

Hospitalizations of Maine residents have dropped from a record high of 383 two weeks ago but remain high. The CDC reports 329 Mainers hospitalized with the virus, 117 in critical care units and 61 on respirators. Only 57 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.