There were 78 additional COVID-19 cases reported in Knox County in the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday, Jan. 12.

For the second consecutive day, another Knox County resident has been admitted to a hospital with the virus.

Since the pandemic began, 3,552 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 67 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. Each of the remaining area schools have had five or fewer cases in the past 30 days. Statewide, Lewiston High School has the most cases at 58.

Statewide, an additional 1,377 cases were reported in the past day. There were no additional deaths reported statewide Jan. 12, keeping the number at 1,623.

There were 21 additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 in the past day, increasing that number to 3,640 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Hospitalizations of Maine residents with the virus remains near the new record high of 403. There are 395 people hospitalized, 105 are in critical care units and 60 on respirators. Fifty-three 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 has been fully vaccinated. Statewide, 75 percent of the eligible population has been fully vaccinated, ranging from a low of 62 percent in Somerset County to 87 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.