Knox County saw 18 additional COVID-19 cases since Saturday, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday, March 22.

There have been no additional hospitalizations reported in the past 13 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, 5,838 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 80 have been admitted to hospitals, and 33 have died.

Statewide, an additional 272 cases were reported since Saturday. Four additional deaths were reported statewide March 22, increasing that number to 2,188.

There were 13 additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 since Saturday, increasing that number at 4,503 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The CDC reports 96 Mainers currently in the hospital, down from a record high of 436 in early January. Of the 96 hospitalized, 20 are in critical care units and eight on ventilators. Eighty-one critical care beds are available in Maine. The number of hospitalizations statewide drops below 100 for the first time since early 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.