Knox County saw five additional COVID-19 cases during the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Since the pandemic began in Maine in March 2020, 7,188 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 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 244 cases were reported during the past day. There were two additional deaths reported statewide Aug. 24, increasing the number to 2,505.

There were 12 additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 during the past day, with the number at 5,517 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The CDC reports 150 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.