There were 64 additional COVID-19 cases reported in Knox County in the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Saturday, Jan. 22.

Since the pandemic began, 3,937 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 69 have been admitted to hospitals, and 21 have died.

Statewide, an additional 1,207 cases were reported in the past day. There were five additional deaths reported statewide Jan. 22, increasing the number to 1,698.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said that the number of deaths and hospitalizations are the best indicators of the extent of the virus.

There were eight additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 in the past day, increasing that number to 3,783 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Hospitalizations of Maine residents with the virus is showing another uptick, as the CDC reports 422 Mainers hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those 422 in the hospital, 104 are in critical care units and 55 on respirators. Only 40 critical care beds are available in Maine. The record number of hospitalizations was 436 people in the hospital at the same time due to the virus which was set in early January.

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.

The Maine Department of Education updated its statistics on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the schools during the past 30 days. The Jan. 20 update shows that Oceanside High School in Rockland and Medomak Valley High School each had 46 cases in the past 30 days. The Miller School in Waldoboro had 33 cases, Medomak Miller School in Waldoboro 21, the St. George School 22, Oceanside Middle School in Thomaston 20, Ash Point Community School in Owls Head 12, the South School in Rockland six, and each of the remaining schools five or fewer cases.

Portland High School had the most in the state with 138 cases in the past 30 days.