The number of new influenza cases locally continue to drop. There was a spike, however, in COVID-19 cases during the past week.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported 23 new confirmed influenza cases in Knox County for the week ending Jan. 21. One additional Knox County residents was admitted to a hospital with the flu during the past week.

This is down from 31 the prior week and the peak of 72 for a week in late December.

Statewide, there were 220 confirmed cases with seven hospitalizations during the past week. Four people died statewide during the past week from influenza.

The number of COVID-19 cases showed an increase.

Knox County saw 38 additional COVID-19 cases since Jan. 18, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday, Jan. 25. This is up from 20 new cases in the prior week. There were four additional hospitalizations involving Knox County residents from COVID since last week but no additional deaths.

The virus in Rockland’s wastewater as of Jan. 19 confirmed a brief spike last week.

Since the pandemic began in Maine in March 2020, 7,953 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (This does not include results from at-home tests), 133 have been admitted to hospitals and 54 have died.

Statewide, an additional 1,222 cases were reported during the past week with five additional deaths reported statewide Jan. 25, increasing the number to 2,858.

The CDC reported that an additional 49 people statewide were admitted to a hospital since last week with the virus, bringing the total to 6,745 since the pandemic started.

The CDC reports 144 Mainers currently in the hospital with the virus, up 12 since last week. The peak was 436 in early January 2022. Of the 144 hospitalized, 19 are in critical care units and five on a ventilator. Fifty-five critical care beds are available in Maine.