Knox County saw four additional COVID-19 cases since Saturday, 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 since Saturday 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 Saturday with the virus, bringing the total to 6,463 since the pandemic started.

The CDC reports 116 Mainers currently in the hospital with the virus. The peak was 436 in early January. Of the 116 hospitalized, 23 are in critical care units and seven on a ventilator. Forty-four critical care beds are available in Maine.

While COVID-19 cases remain law locally, influenza continues to pick up steam in Knox County. The Maine CDC issued its weekly influenza report on Dec. 13 and reported for the week ending Dec. 10, there had been 29 new cases with two hospitalizations in Knox County. That is more than the 22 for the week ending Dec. 3 and dramatically more than the four cases the previous week, and two the week before that, and none the week before that.