Knox County saw five additional COVID-19 cases during the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday, Oct. 27.

Testing at the Rockland Wastewater Treatment Plant as of Oct. 20 showed a sharp drop in the virus in the community’s wastewater during the previous week after a spike the previous week.

Since the pandemic began in Maine in March 2020, 7,594 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus (This does not include results from at-home tests), 113 have been admitted to hospitals, and 47 have died.

Statewide, an additional 239 cases were reported during the past day. There was one additional death reported statewide Oct. 27, increasing the number to 2,642.

There were 14 additional people statewide admitted to a hospital in Maine with COVID-19 during the past day, with the number at 6,116 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The CDC reports 206 Mainers currently in the hospital with the virus. The peak was 436 in early January. Of the 206 hospitalized, 49 are in critical care units and three on ventilators. Forty-seven critical care beds are available in Maine.