Knox County saw nine additional COVID-19 cases during the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday, March 24.

There have been no additional Knox County residents admitted to a hospital in the past 15 days due to the virus.

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, 5,856 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 80 have been admitted to hospitals, and 33 have died.

Statewide, an additional 254 cases were reported during the past day. Three additional deaths were reported statewide March 24, increasing that number to 2,193.

There were 13 additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 during the past day, increasing that number at 4,525 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The CDC reports 91 Mainers currently in the hospital, down from a record high of 436 in early January. Of the 91 hospitalized, 23 are in critical care units and eight on ventilators. Fifty-nine critical care beds are available in Maine.