Knox County saw six additional COVID-19 cases in the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday, Sept. 15.

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.

Since the pandemic began in Maine in March 2020, 7,326 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 347 cases were reported in the past day. There were three additional deaths reported statewide Sept. 15, increasing the number to 2,564.

There were four additional people statewide admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 in the past day, with the number at 5,698 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The CDC reports 161 Mainers currently in the hospital with the virus. The peak was 436 in early January. Of the 161 hospitalized, 19 are in critical care units and five on ventilators. Sixty-seven critical care beds are available in Maine.