Knox County saw 16 additional COVID-19 cases during the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday, March 18.

There have been no additional hospitalizations reported in the past nine days in Knox County.

The Maine CDC says deaths and hospitalizations are a better metric to use than case numbers.

Since the pandemic began in Maine in March 2020, 5,815 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 80 have been admitted to hospitals, and 33 have died. Eleven of those deaths of Knox County residents have occurred in the past month, the highest pace since the pandemic began two years ago.

Statewide, an additional 200 cases were reported during the past day. No additional deaths were reported statewide March 18, keeping that number at 2,179.

There were seven additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 during the past day, increasing that number at 4,475 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The CDC reports 111 Mainers currently in the hospital, down from a record high of 436 in early January. Of the 111 hospitalized, 22 are in critical care units and seven on ventilators. Eighty-one critical care beds are available in Maine. The numbers in critical care and on ventilators are the lowest since the first week of August 2021.

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