Knox County saw 25 additional COVID-19 cases since Saturday, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday, May 17.

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 last week but reversed course on May 13 and made mask wearing optional.

Since the pandemic began in Maine in March 2020, 6,425 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 84 have been admitted to hospitals, and 38 have died.

Statewide an additional 515 cases were reported since Saturday, fewer than the average of the past few weeks. There were no additional deaths reported statewide May 17, keeping the number at 2,336.

There were eight additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 since Saturday, with the number at 4,869 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The CDC reports 219 Mainers currently in the hospital, nearly double from last. The peak was 436 in early January. Of the 219 hospitalized, 38 are in critical care units and four on ventilators. Seventy-three critical care beds are available in Maine.