Knox County saw 15 additional COVID-19 cases since Saturday, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday, Aug. 23.

Since the pandemic began in Maine in March 2020, 7,183 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. Two additional hospitalizations have occurred since Saturday.

Testing at the Rockland Wastewater Treatment Facility on Aug. 11 showed a drop in the past week after a spike the previous week in the virus in wastewater samples.

Statewide, an additional 515 cases were reported since Saturday. There were four additional deaths reported statewide Aug. 23, increasing the number to 2,503.

There were 16 additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 since Saturday, with the number at 5,505 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The CDC reports 159 Mainers currently in the hospital with the virus, up from 130 last week. The peak was 436 in early January. Of the 150 hospitalized, 21 are in critical care units and three on ventilators. Seventy-nine critical care beds are available in Maine.