Knox County sees five more COVID-19 cases, CDC reports Friday – Courier-Gazette & Camden Herald

Knox County saw five additional COVID-19 cases during the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday, Sept. 23.

And for the second consecutive day, a Knox County resident was admitted to a hospital with the virus.

Testing at the Rockland wastewater treatment plant as of Sept. 15 showed a second week of a decline in the amount of virus in the community’s wastewater.

Since the pandemic began in Maine in March 2020, 7,365 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus (This does not include results from at-home tests), 109 have been admitted to hospitals, and 44 have died.

Statewide, an additional 299 cases were reported during the past day. There was one additional death reported statewide Sept. 23, increasing the number to 2,570.

There were 11 additional person statewide admitted to a hospital in Maine with COVID-19 during the past day, with the number at 5,757 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The CDC reports 150 Mainers currently in the hospital with the virus. The peak was 436 in early January. Of the 150 hospitalized, 23 are in critical care units and six on ventilators. Fifty-five critical care beds are available in Maine.