Knox County saw nine additional COVID-19 cases during the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Saturday, Sept. 24.

Testing at the Rockland wastewater treatment plant as of Sept. 15 showed a second week of a decline in the amount of virus in the community’s wastewater.

Since the pandemic began in Maine in March 2020, 7,374 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus (This does not include results from at-home tests), 109 have been admitted to hospitals, and 44 have died.

Statewide, an additional 287 cases were reported during the past day. There were three additional deaths reported statewide Sept. 24, increasing the number to 2,573.

There were five additional people statewide admitted to a hospital in Maine with COVID-19 during the past day, with the number at 5,762 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The CDC reports 165 Mainers currently in the hospital with the virus, an increase from earlier in the week. The peak was 436 in early January. Of the 165 hospitalized, 27 are in critical care units and seven on ventilators. Forty-seven critical care beds are available in Maine.