Knox County saw eight additional COVID-19 cases in the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Saturday, Sept. 17.

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. There has been a slight decrease in the past few days up to Sept. 13.

Since the pandemic began in Maine in March 2020, 7,334 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus (This does not include results from at-home tests), 107 have been admitted to hospitals, and 44 have died. The CDC removed one hospitalization from the Knox County list on Sept. 17.

Statewide, an additional 234 cases were reported in the past day. There were two additional deaths reported statewide Sept. 17, increasing the number to 2,566.

There was one additional person statewide admitted to a hospital in Maine with COVID-19 in the past day, with the number at 5,714 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The CDC reports 158 Mainers currently in the hospital with the virus. The peak was 436 in early January. Of the 158 hospitalized, 23 are in critical care units and four on ventilators. Sixty-two critical care beds are available in Maine.