Knox County saw nine additional COVID-19 cases during the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday, Nov. 4.

Testing at the Rockland Wastewater Treatment Plant as of Oct. 26 showed a slight increase in the virus in the community’s wastewater during the past week.

Since the pandemic began in Maine in March 2020, 7,639 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus (This does not include results from at-home tests), 115 have been admitted to hospitals, and 47 have died.

Statewide, an additional 209 cases were reported during the past day. There were eight additional deaths reported statewide Nov. 4, increasing the number to 2,661.

There were 10 additional people statewide admitted to a hospital in Maine with COVID-19 during the past day, with the number at 6,178 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The CDC reports 153 Mainers currently in the hospital with the virus, a decrease of 40 in the past week. The peak was 436 in early January. Of the 153 hospitalized, 31 are in critical care units and seven on ventilators. Fifty-four critical care beds are available in Maine.