Knox County saw 16 additional COVID-19 cases during the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday, Aug. 4.

Since the pandemic began in Maine in March 2020, 7,026 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus (This does not include results from at-home tests), 100 have been admitted to hospitals, and 41 have died.

Testing at the Rockland Wastewater Treatment Facility shows that there have been swings in the number of cases with a few spikes during the past several weeks.

Statewide an additional 314 cases were reported during the past day. There were five additional deaths reported statewide Aug. 4, increasing the number to 2,486.

There were five additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 during the past day, with the number at 5,379 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The CDC reports 141 Mainers currently in the hospital, an increase from last week. The peak was 436 in early January. Of the 141 hospitalized, 17 are in critical care units and three on ventilators. Sixty-six critical care beds are available in Maine.