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

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, 6,466 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 84 have been admitted to hospitals, and 38 have died.

Statewide an additional 812 cases were reported during the past day. There was one additional death reported statewide May 18, increasing the number to 2,337.

There were 12 additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 during the past day, with the number at 4,881 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The CDC reports 231 Mainers currently in the hospital, more than double from last month and the highest level since February. The peak was 436 in early January. Of the 231 hospitalized, 38 are in critical care units and three on ventilators. Seventy-two critical care beds are available in Maine.