Knox County saw 19 additional COVID-19 cases since Saturday, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Since the pandemic began in Maine in March 2020, 7,497 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus (This does not include results from at-home tests), 111 have been admitted to hospitals, and 46 have died.

Statewide, an additional 620 cases were reported since Saturday. There were 10 additional deaths reported statewide Oct. 12, increasing the number to 2,621. The number of deaths and cases have been on the rise during the past two weeks.

There were 27 additional people statewide admitted to a hospital in Maine with COVID-19 since Saturday, with the number at 5,943 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The CDC reports 218 Mainers currently in the hospital with the virus, near the highest number since mid-May. The peak was 436 in early January. Of the 218 hospitalized, 27 are in critical care units and four on ventilators. Forty-eight critical care beds are available in Maine. The state has seen a significant increase in hospitalizations from the virus during the past several weeks.