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Maine CDC Reports 25 More Cases Of COVID-19, Relaxed Outdoor Gathering Restrictions Go Into Effect

Robert F. Bukaty
A temporary sign reminds the public to take precautions to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, Friday, July 31, 2020, in Belfast, Maine.

The Maine Center for Disease Control Saturday is reporting 3,937 cases of COVID-19, an increase of 25 cases since Friday. 

No new deaths were reported Saturday. That number stands at 123.

There are 437 active confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Maine. Twelve people are currently being hospitalized with the disease, and seven of those individuals are recieving critical care treatment.

On Wednesday, the state announced that it is loosening restrictions on outdoor gatherings, allowing as many as 100 people to gather in one place, starting Saturday, Aug. 1. 

Earlier this week, the Mills administration and the Maine Department of Education announced that schools across the state that can begin to consider reopening for in-person classes for the fall semester. Also this week, the Mills administration announced that it was expanding its rental assistance program for people who are having trouble paying rent due to the pandemic.

On the federal level, Congress has not yet reached a deal on an economic stimulus package for COVID-19 relief. Benefit programs expired at the end of July.