The seasonal flu has hit hard in Knox County during the past few weeks.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday, Dec. 20 that there have been 61 confirmed cases of influenza in Knox County during the past week with six people admitted to hospitals.

This is up from 29 cases and two hospitalizations for the week ending Dec. 10; 22 new cases and two hospitalizations for the week ending Dec. 3; and three cases with no hospitalizations for the week ending Nov. 26.

Statewide, 3,275 cases were confirmed during the past week with 133 hospitalizations and five deaths, according to the CDC.

Influenza is spreading fast while COVID-19 cases remain low.

Knox County saw four additional COVID-19 cases during the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday, Dec. 20.

The most recent testing at Rockland’s wastewater treatment plant showed virus levels continue to be low through Dec. 8.

Since the pandemic began in Maine in March 2020, 7,782 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus (This does not include results from at-home tests), 123 have been admitted to hospitals, and 49 have died.

Statewide, an additional 307 cases were reported during the past day with two additional deaths reported statewide Dec. 20, increasing the number to 2,779.

The CDC reported that an additional eight people statewide were admitted to a hospital since during the past day with the virus, bringing the total to 6,463 since the pandemic started.

The CDC reports 118 Mainers currently in the hospital with the virus, an increase of 20 since last week. The peak was 436 in early January. Of the 118 hospitalized, 23 are in critical care units and seven on a ventilator. Forty-six critical care beds are available in Maine.