Knox County saw 17 additional COVID-19 cases since Saturday, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday, Aug. 9.

Since the pandemic began in Maine in March 2020, 7,065 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus (This does not include results from at-home tests), 98 have been admitted to hospitals, and 41 have died.

New testing at the Rockland Wastewater Treatment Facility on Aug. 2 showed a recent decline in the virus in wastewater samples during the past few weeks.

Statewide an additional 438 cases were reported since Saturday. There were no additional deaths reported statewide Aug. 9, keeping the number at 2,493.

There were 17 additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 since Saturday, with the number at 5,416 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The CDC reports 144 Mainers currently in the hospital with the virus, unchanged from last week. The peak was 436 in early January. Of the 144 hospitalized, 18 are in critical care units and two on ventilators. Seventy critical care beds are available in Maine.