Knox County saw five additional COVID-19 cases in the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Testing at the Rockland wastewater treatment plant as of Sept. 8 showed a sharp spike in the amount of virus in the wastewater during the first week of September.

Five Knox County residents have been admitted to a hospital with the virus during the past week.

Since the pandemic began in Maine in March 2020, 7,320 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus (This does not include results from at-home tests), 108 have been admitted to hospitals, and 44 have died.

Statewide, an additional 364 cases were reported in the past day. There were no additional deaths reported statewide Sept. 14, keeping the number at 2,561.

There were nine additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 in the past day, with the number at 5,694 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The CDC reports 167 Mainers currently in the hospital with the virus. The peak was 436 in early January. Of the 167 hospitalized, 16 are in critical care units and four on ventilators. Sixty-five critical care beds are available in Maine.