Knox County saw eight additional COVID-19 cases during the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday, Oct. 20.

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, 7,561 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 349 cases were reported during the past day. There was one additional death reported statewide Oct. 20, increasing the number to 2,630.

There were 22 additional people statewide admitted to a hospital in Maine with COVID-19 during the past day, with the number at 6,055 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The CDC reports 210 Mainers currently in the hospital with the virus. The peak was 436 in early January. Of the 210 hospitalized, 37 are in critical care units and two on ventilators. Forty critical care beds are available in Maine.