Knox County saw seven additional COVID-19 cases since Saturday, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday, Nov. 8.

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, 7,651 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 335 cases were reported since Saturday. There were 19 additional deaths reported statewide Nov. 8, increasing the number to 2,698.

There were 23 additional people statewide admitted to a hospital in Maine with COVID-19 since Saturday, with the number at 6,216 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The CDC reports 155 Mainers currently in the hospital with the virus. The peak was 436 in early January. Of the 155 hospitalized, 27 are in critical care units and five on ventilators. Forty-eight critical care beds are available in Maine.