Knox County saw 14 additional COVID-19 cases since Saturday, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday, Oct. 18.

And an additional hospitalization of a Knox County resident with the virus was reported Tuesday as the numbers rose sharply statewide.

Testing at the Rockland Wastewater Treatment Plant as of Oct. 13 showed a sharp spike in the virus in the community’s wastewater.

Since the pandemic began in Maine in March 2020, 7,542 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus (This does not include results from at-home tests), 112 have been admitted to hospitals, and 46 have died.

Statewide, an additional 572 cases were reported since Saturday. There were two additional deaths reported statewide Oct. 18, increasing the number to 2,627.

There were 28 additional people statewide admitted to a hospital in Maine with COVID-19 since Saturday, with the number at 6,022 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The CDC reports 234 Mainers currently in the hospital with the virus, the highest number since late February and 20 more than last week. The peak was 436 in early January. Of the 234 hospitalized, 44 are in critical care units and three on ventilators. Sixty-two critical care beds are available in Maine.