The number of new influenza cases locally continue to drop.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported 31 new confirmed influenza cases in Knox County for the week ending Jan. 14. No additional Knox County residents were admitted to a hospital with the flu during the past week.

This is down from the peak of 72 for a week in late December.

Statewide, there were 443 confirmed cases with 13 hospitalizations during the past week. Four people died statewide during the past week from influenza.

The number of COVID-19 cases has also slowed.

Knox County saw 20 additional COVID-19 cases since Jan. 11, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday, Jan. 18. This is down from 36 in the prior week. There were no additional hospitalizations or deaths involving Knox County residents from COVID since last week.

The virus in Rockland’s wastewater as of Jan. 10 confirmed a slowing of the virus locally.

Since the pandemic began in Maine in March 2020, 7,915 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 54 have died.

Statewide, an additional 1,078 cases were reported during the past week with 32 additional deaths reported statewide Jan. 18, increasing the number to 2,853.

The CDC reported that an additional 62 people statewide were admitted to a hospital since last week with the virus, bringing the total to 6,696 since the pandemic started.

The CDC reports 132 Mainers currently in the hospital with the virus. The peak was 436 in early January 2022. Of the 132 hospitalized, 13 are in critical care units and three on a ventilator. Forty-five critical care beds are available in Maine.