Knox County saw eight additional COVID-19 cases during the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday, Dec. 8.

And wastewater testing as of Dec. 1 showed a low level of the virus in wastewater in Rockland.

Since the pandemic began in Maine in March 2020, 7,744 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus (This does not include results from at-home tests), 118 have been admitted to hospitals, and 49 have died.

Statewide, an additional 264 cases were reported during the past day with 12 additional deaths reported statewide Dec. 8, increasing the number to 2,764.

The CDC reported that an additional seven people statewide were admitted to a hospital during the past day with the virus, bringing the total to 6,385 since the pandemic started.

The CDC reports 120 Mainers currently in the hospital with the virus. The peak was 436 in early January. Of the 120 hospitalized, 17 are in critical care units and three on a ventilator. Forty-two critical care beds are available in Maine.

While COVID-19 cases remain law locally, influenza is picking up steam in Knox County. The Maine CDC issued its weekly influenza report on Dec. 6 and reported for the week ending Dec. 3, there had been 22 new cases with two hospitalizations. That is dramatically more than the four cases the previous week, and two the week before that, and none the week before that.