Knox County saw 15 additional COVID-19 cases during the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Saturday, May 21.

There was also one additional death and one additional hospitalization reported in Knox County  from the virus.

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, 6,520 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 85 have been admitted to hospitals, and 39 have died.

Statewide an additional 791 cases were reported during the past day. There were five additional deaths reported statewide May 21, increasing the number to 2,343.

There were two additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 during the past day, with the number at 4,900 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The CDC reports 215 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 215 hospitalized, 28 are in critical care units and two on ventilators. Seventy-five critical care beds are available in Maine.