There were 47 additional COVID-19 cases in Knox County in the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday, Jan. 7. There have been an additional 175 cases in the past week in Knox County.

Since the pandemic began, 3,344 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 65 have been admitted to hospitals, and 20 have died.

In terms of schools, the Maine Department of Education lists each week the number of reported cases for the past 30 days. As of Thursday, Jan. 6, Medomak Middle School in Waldoboro has had the most at 32, followed by the adjacent Medomak High School at 23; The Miller School in Waldoboro, 18; Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport, 13; Oceanside High School in Rockland, 18; Oceanside Middle School, seven; and the South School in Rockland, six. The remaining area schools have had five or less cases in the past 30 days. Statewide, Lewiston High School has the most cases at 58.

Statewide, an additional 1,328 cases were reported in the past day. There were seven additional deaths reported statewide Jan. 7, increasing the number to 1,599. Six Waldo County residents and four Lincoln County residents have died from the virus in the past week.

There were 29 additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 in the past day, increasing that number to 3,554 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 380 Mainers hospitalized with the virus, 114 in critical care units and 55 on respirators. Fifty-seven 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 61 percent in Somerset County to 85 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.