Knox County saw no additional deaths or hospitalizations since Saturday, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday.

There were 119 additional COVID-19 cases reported in Knox County since Saturday, the CDC reported Feb. 22. But that increase is the result of the CDC catching up on its backlog of processing case data.

The Maine CDC has said deaths and hospitalizations were a better metric to use than case numbers.

Since the pandemic began in Maine in March 2020, 5,541 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 73 have been admitted to hospitals, and 24 have died. There have been no deaths in February and only one hospitalization.

Statewide, an additional 7,636 cases were reported since Saturday, but again that is due to catching up with the backlog in processing the cases for public data. There were no additional deaths reported statewide Feb. 22, keeping that number at 1,960.

There were no additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 Saturday, keeping that number at 4,254 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Hospitalizations of Maine residents continue to decline. The CDC reports 216 Mainers currently in the hospital, down from a record high of 436 in early January. Of the 216 hospitalized, 46 are in critical care units and 21 on ventilators. Eighty-one critical care beds are available in Maine. The number of people in critical care and on ventilators are the lowest since mid-October.

Seventy percent of hospitalized patients are people who have not been vaccinated, and 90 percent of people in critical care units are unvaccinated.

Eighty-two percent of the eligible population in Knox County has been fully vaccinated. Statewide, 77 percent of the eligible population has been fully vaccinated, ranging from a low of 63 percent in Somerset County to 88 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.