There were 12 additional COVID-19 cases in Knox County since Saturday, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Tuesday, Nov. 23. The CDC also reported that another Knox County resident died of the virus and another was hospitalized.
Since the start of the pandemic, 2,344 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 57 have been hospitalized and 15 have died.
Statewide, an additional 1,089 cases were reported since Saturday. There were 28 additional deaths reported statewide as of November 23, bringing the number to 1,300. When such a large number of deaths are reported in a single day, it is often the result of the CDC catching up with previous hospital death reports. One of the new deaths reported Tuesday involved a Waldo County resident.
There were an additional 41 people admitted to hospitals in Maine with COVID-19 in the past day statewide, taking that number to 3,074 since the pandemic began in March 2020. This marks a continued rise in hospital admissions, largely in areas where vaccination coverage is lower.
Hospitalizations of Maine residents hit another record. The CDC reports that 296 Mainers have been hospitalized with the virus, 87 in intensive care units, and 36 on ventilators. Seventy percent of hospitalized patients are people who have not been vaccinated.
Seventy-six percent of the eligible population in Knox County is fully vaccinated. Statewide, 71 percent of the eligible population is fully vaccinated.
Health officials continue to urge people to wear masks in indoor public places and get vaccinated.
Knox County sees 13 more COVID-19 cases, CDC reports Saturday