Knox County saw 17 additional COVID-19 cases during the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Saturday, Oct. 15.

Testing at the Rockland Wastewater Treatment Plant shows little change in the amount of the virus in the wastewater during the first week of October.

Since the pandemic began in Maine in March 2020, 7,528 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. There have been no additional hospitalizations or deaths of Knox County residents during the past week.

Statewide, an additional 311 cases were reported during the past day. There was one additional death reported statewide Oct. 15, increasing the number to 2,625.

There were 14 additional people statewide admitted to a hospital in Maine with COVID-19 during the past day, with the number at 5,994 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The CDC reports 214 Mainers currently in the hospital with the virus, one of the highest number since May 18. The peak was 436 in early January. Of the 214 hospitalized, 38 are in critical care units and six on ventilators. Sixty-one critical care beds are available in Maine. The state has seen a significant increase in hospitalizations from the virus during the past several weeks.