Knox County saw 26 additional COVID-19 cases during the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday, Aug. 17.

Since the pandemic began in Maine in March 2020, 7,143 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. The CDC removed one hospitalization that had been added the previous day.

Testing at the Rockland Wastewater Treatment Facility on Aug. 9 showed a spike in the virus in wastewater samples during the week.

Statewide, an additional 264 cases were reported during the past day. There was one additional death reported statewide Aug. 17, increasing the number to 2,496.

There were 12 additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 during the past day, with the number at 5,461 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The CDC reports 130 Mainers currently in the hospital with the virus. The peak was 436 in early January. Of the 130 hospitalized, 17 are in critical care units and one on a ventilator. Sixty-eight care beds are available in Maine.