While new cases are being reported daily, the prevalence of COVID-19 is declining in Knox County.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has placed Knox County in the medium transmission category, down from its high category of the past several weeks. Testing of wastewater at the Rockland treatment plant showed the prevalence of the virus in the local population peaked in late March/early April but then declined sharply.

Wastewater presents a clearer picture of the virus’ prevalence because some people who are testing positive are finding out through at-home tests which are not included in the Maine CDC numbers.

Knox County saw five additional COVID-19 cases during the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Saturday, May 28.

Since the pandemic began in Maine in March 2020, 6,611 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 87 have been admitted to hospitals, and 40 have died.

Statewide an additional 475 cases were reported during the past day. There were no additional deaths reported statewide May. The CDC reduced the number by one, reducing the number to 2,346.

There were five additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 during the past day, with the number at 4,951 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The CDC reports 168 Mainers currently in the hospital, down from 231 last week. The peak was 436 in early January. Of the 168 hospitalized, 17 are in critical care units and four on ventilators. Sixty-two critical care beds are available in Maine.