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The state is suspending restrictions for some online job training programs in an effort to quickly train out-of-work Mainers for health care positions.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A new law that prohibits insurance companies from requiring waiting periods before covering tooth decay in children is on the books in Maine.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife says the state of Maine will allow boaters to operate without a 2020 registration until April 30 this year.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A commission supporting bicentennial festivals and projects around Maine has awarded more than $400,000 in grants.

A new 5-minute test for COVID-19 is being produced in Maine. Abbott Laboratories in Scarborough is expected to begin releasing the tests this week. They’re being lauded by President Donald Trump as a potential game changer in the fight against the coronavirus, but the director of the Maine Center for Disease Control is advising caution.

Gov. Janet Mills is accelerating by three months a pay raise for personal care workers in Maine.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's largest electric utility is donating 6,000 masks to the Maine Emergency Management Agency to protect front-line medical workers from the coronavirus.

Central Maine Powe said its parent company, Avangrid, rounded up 3,000 surgical masks and 3,000 N-95 respirators that were sent to the MEMA ofices Monday morning.

The state is concerned about the adequacy of supplies to combat the coronavirus,áand it's pressing the federal government for more supplies.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

State officials, including Maine Gov. Janet Mills, have expressed concerns about people from out of state coming to Maine seeking refuge from the coronavirus. Physicians are also concerned.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

Updated March 30, 2020 at 12:58 p.m. ET.

Maine now has 275 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, 22 more since yesterday. That's according to Maine Center for Disease Control Director Dr. Nirav Shah.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

The Maine Center for Disease Control Sunday confirmed the second and third deaths of individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. 

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

With many businesses closed across the state due to measures meant to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, residents in search of activity are hitting the great outdoors. And there are a lot of them - so many that local, state, and national officials were forced to close some beaches and parks across Maine last week.

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The executive director of the trade group HospitalityMaine says some federal help is coming for Maine small business owners.


The University of Southern Maine says it will partner with Preble Street to convert the Sullivan Gymnasium on the school’s Portland campus to a temporary 24-hour shelter for people experiencing homelessness.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the panic-buying of certain items, notably paper products - and toilet paper in particular. Some stores have sold out, others have resorted to rationing - in some cases to just one roll per customer.

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Freeport outdoor retailer LL Bean says it is working with Maine Health to create “sneeze masks” for health care workers. Bean spokesperson Marie McCarthy says the company is working with existing materials, such as dog bed liners, and sent prototypes to MaineHealth earlier this week.