Knox County saw 14 additional COVID-19 cases during the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday, May 26.

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, 6,595 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 87 have been admitted to hospitals, and 40 have died. That includes one additional death and one additional hospitalization reported in the past day.

Statewide an additional 556 cases were reported during the past day. There were two additional deaths reported statewide May 26, increasing the number to 2,347.

There was one additional person statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 during the past day, with the number at 4,940 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The CDC reports 177 Mainers currently in the hospital, down from 231 last week. The peak was 436 in early January. Of the 177 hospitalized, 19 are in critical care units and five on ventilators. Seventy-two critical care beds are available in Maine.