Knox County saw 23 additional COVID-19 cases in the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday, May 13.

And an additional Knox County resident has been admitted to a hospital in the past day.

The U.S. CDC has recommended that people who live in regions such as Knox County with high case rates should wear masks while at indoor public places. Regional School Unit 40 resumed a mask requirement on Monday.

Since the pandemic began in Maine in March 2020, 6,414 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 85 have been admitted to hospitals, and 38 have died.

Statewide an additional 773 cases were reported during the past day. There were three additional deaths reported statewide May 13, increasing that number to 2,335.

There were 15 additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 during the past day, with the number at 4,853 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The CDC reports 221 Mainers currently in the hospital, nearly double from last month. The peak was 436 in early January. Of the 221 hospitalized, 31 are in critical care units and two on ventilators. Fifty-seven critical care beds are available in Maine.