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Mills Seeks Federal Disaster Declaration As Stay-At-Home Order Takes Effect

Nick Woodward
Maine Public
Gov. Janet Mills briefs the media on Maine's response to the COVID-19 pandemic at an Augusta news conference March 27, 2020.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine Gov. Janet Mills requested a federal disaster declaration hours before the start of her new "stay-at-home" order to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. If approved, the declaration would open the door to greater resources to support child care, behavioral health and legal services, among others.

The governor also requested more money for the Maine National Guard, should soldiers be needed during the pandemic.

The stay-at-home order taking effect Thursday prohibits Mainers from traveling outside of their homes for all but "essential personal activities."