Knox County saw three additional COVID-19 cases during the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday, Nov. 17. This continues a slowdown that began a few weeks ago.

Testing at the Rockland wastewater treatment plant on Nov. 10 showed the amount of the virus remained low during the first 10 days of the month.

Since the pandemic began in Maine in March 2020, 7,673 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 49 have died.

Statewide, an additional 129 cases were reported during the past day. There were no additional deaths reported statewide Nov. 17, keeping the number at 2,715.

There were nine additional people statewide admitted to a hospital in Maine with COVID-19 during the past day, with the number at 6,274 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The CDC reports 129 Mainers currently in the hospital with the virus. The peak was 436 in early January. Of the 129 hospitalized, 16 are in critical care units and two on ventilators. Forty-nine critical care beds are available in Maine.