There were 83 additional COVID-19 cases reported in Knox County in the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday, Jan. 19.

One more Knox County resident died from the virus, and one more Knox County resident was admitted to a hospital in the past day as well.

Since the pandemic began, 3,772 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 69 have been admitted to hospitals, and 21 have died.

This is a sharp spike, but follows the previous day’s report that may have been low because it followed a holiday weekend when data collection sometimes lags.

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. 13, Oceanside High School in Rockland had the most locally at 32 which is nearly double the number reported a week earlier.

Medomak Middle School in Waldoboro had 26 cases, the adjacent Medomak Valley High School had 18; the Miller School in Waldoboro, 17; Warren Community School, 22; Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport, six; Camden-Rockport Elementary School, six; Oceanside Middle School, 15; the South School in Rockland, fewer than six; Ash Point Community School in Owls Head 10; and Union Elementary School 12. Each of the remaining area schools have had five or fewer cases in the past 30 days. Statewide, Biddeford Middle School had the most cases at 75. The Camden-Rockport Middle School in Camden was not in this week’s list.

Statewide, an additional 1,545 cases were reported in the past day. There were 30 additional deaths reported statewide Jan. 19, increasing the number to 1,688. The CDC has not yet said whether all the deaths are within the past day or a follow up of recent deaths. Two of the additional deaths were in Lincoln County.

There were 49 additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 in the past day, increasing that number to 3,749 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Hospitalizations of Maine residents with the virus has declined slightly, but remains near the record high of 436. The CDC reports 400 Mainers are hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those 400 in the hospital, 105 are in critical care units and 50 on respirators. Sixty-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-one percent of the eligible population in Knox County has been fully vaccinated. Statewide, 76 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.