Knox County saw 30 additional COVID-19 cases during the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday, May 19.

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, 6,496 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 84 have been admitted to hospitals, and 38 have died.

Statewide an additional 791 cases were reported during the past day. There were no additional deaths reported statewide May 19, keeping the number at 2,337.

There were 11 additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 during the past day, with the number at 4,892 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The CDC reports 225 Mainers currently in the hospital, more than double from last month and near the highest level since February. The peak was 436 in early January. Of the 225 hospitalized, 34 are in critical care units and two on ventilators. Sixty-five critical care beds are available in Maine.