There were 63 additional COVID-19 cases in Knox County since Friday, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday, Jan. 4.

Since the pandemic began, 3,232 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 64 have been admitted to hospitals, and 20 have died.

In the past week, there have been 112 additional Knox County residents diagnosed with the virus along with an additional death and hospitalization.

Some local governments have responded to the spike in cases by going virtual again. The Rockland City Council and Regional School Unit 13 will hold virtual meetings on Zoom for the foreseeable future. Rockland also began requiring Jan. 3 people coming to City Hall wear masks.

In terms of schools, the Maine Department of Education lists each week the number of reported cases for the past 30 days. Medomak Middle School in Waldoboro has had the most at 32, followed by the adjacent Medomak High School at 22; The Miller School in Waldoboro, 16; Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport, 14; Oceanside High School in Rockland, nine; the South School in Rockland, eight; and Ash Point Community School in Owls Head, six. The remaining area schools have had five or less cases in the past 30 days. Statewide, the Lisbon school has the most cases at 47.

Statewide, an additional 1,481 cases were reported since Friday. There were 25 additional deaths reported statewide Jan. 4, increasing the number to 1,556. Three of the deaths were Waldo County residents and two were Lincoln County residents.

There were 29 additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 since Friday, increasing that number to 3,453 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Hospitalizations of Maine residents have increased again after a dip last week. The numbers are near the record high of 383 three weeks ago. The CDC reports 369 Mainers hospitalized with the virus, 113 in critical care units and 54 on respirators. Fifty-two 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.