The number of new influenza cases locally continues to decline at the start of 2023.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported 47 new confirmed influenza cases in Knox County for the week ending Jan. 7. This is down from 56 the week earlier and from the peak of 72 two weeks ago.

Four Knox County residents were admitted to a hospital during the past week with influenza.

Statewide, there were 982 confirmed influenza cases with 67 hospitalizations during the past week. Seven people died statewide during the past week from influenza.

The number of COVID-19 cases showed a small spike in the past week.

Knox County saw 45 additional COVID-19 cases since Jan. 4, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday, Jan. 11. There were two additional deaths of Knox County residents with COVID during the past week and three additional hospitalizations.

The amount of the COVID-19 virus in Rockland’s wastewater reflected the spike for the first week of January.

Since the pandemic began in Maine in March 2020, 7,895 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (This does not include results from at-home tests), 129 have been admitted to hospitals and 51 have died.

Statewide, an additional 1,527 cases were reported during the past week with 30 additional deaths reported statewide Jan. 4, increasing the number to 2,821.

The CDC reported that an additional 81 people statewide were admitted to a hospital since last week with the virus, bringing the total to 6,634 since the pandemic started.

The CDC reports 140 Mainers currently in the hospital with the virus. The peak was 436 in early January 2022. Of the 140 hospitalized, 29 are in critical care units and seven are on ventilators. Forty critical care beds are available in Maine.