There were 36 additional COVID-19 cases in Knox County in the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday, Jan. 6.

Since the pandemic began, 3,297 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 65 have been admitted to hospitals, and 20 have died.

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 1,302 cases were reported in the past day. There were 10 additional deaths reported statewide Jan. 6, increasing the number to 1,592. There was one death each in Waldo and Lincoln counties. Six Waldo County residents and four Lincoln County residents have died from the virus in the past week.

There were 35 additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 in the past day, increasing that number to 3,525 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Hospitalizations of Maine residents are near the record high of 383 reached three weeks ago. The CDC reports 382 Mainers hospitalized with the virus, 117 in critical care units and 59 on respirators. Fifty-five 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. Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said surgical masks, N95s and KN95s are more suitable for protection against the more transmissible Omicron variant of the virus than plain cloth masks.