Knox County saw nine additional COVID-19 cases during the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday, May 20.

That daily new caseload is much less than the daily average of the past several weeks.

The U.S. CDC still recommends that people who live in regions such as Knox County with high case rates should wear masks while at indoor public places.

Since the pandemic began in Maine in March 2020, 6,505 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 84 have been admitted to hospitals, and 38 have died. There have been no additional hospitalizations of Knox County residents in the past week.

Statewide an additional 518 cases were reported during the past day. There was one additional death reported statewide May 20, increasing the number to 2,338.

There were six additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 during the past day, with the number at 4,898 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The CDC reports 228 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 228 hospitalized, 31 are in critical care units and two on ventilators. Fifty-four critical care beds are available in Maine.