Knox County saw five additional COVID-19 cases during the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Saturday, Nov. 5.

And another Knox County resident was admitted to a hospital with the virus, the third this week.

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, 7,644 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus (This does not include results from at-home tests), 116 have been admitted to hospitals, and 47 have died.

Statewide, an additional 183 cases were reported during the past day. There were 18 additional deaths reported statewide Nov. 5, increasing the number to 2,679. Often when there is a large number of deaths reported in a day, it is because there has been a review of death certificates over the past few weeks.

There were 15 additional people statewide admitted to a hospital in Maine with COVID-19 during the past day, with the number at 6,193 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The CDC reports 152 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 152 hospitalized, 28 are in critical care units and six on ventilators. Fifty-four critical care beds are available in Maine.