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Germ-killing hand sanitizer is in short supply these days, especially in hospitals, where doctors and nurses on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic need it to protect themselves and their patients from the coronavirus.

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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.

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills announced Friday that there will be notifications on the Maine Turnpike near the New Hampshire border telling visitors from out-of-state that they must self-isolate for 14 days upon arriving in Maine if they are coming from places designated as COVID-19 hotspots. The governor says the move comes amid concerns that people will attempt to flee other states and worsen the outbreak here while also overwhelming the state's health care system.

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State officials have been reminding Mainers that the worst of the coronavirus outbreak is still to come.

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Parks and beaches throughout the state have become even more popular than usual for people looking to get out of the house and combat the isolation of social distancing.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control is now prioritizing COVID-19 test results for residents and employees in long-term care facilities and nursing homes. The change marks a departure from federal guidelines, which had originally ranked testing in such facilities as a lower priority. But the change comes amid concern that the federal test ranking was ignoring the risk of infection in nursing homes to both residents and staff.

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In response to Gov. Janet Mills' new directives for retail stores across the state to limit the spread of COVID-19, supermarkets, pharmacies and other "essential businesses" in Maine are taking steps to protect their customers and their employees. That has meant physical changes at the check-out and, in some cases, limiting the number of shoppers in the store at any one time.

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As Maine Gov. Janet Mills takes additional measures to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, she and other governors are saying residents should brace for a long period of sacrifice to protect public health. But President Donald Trump has begun signaling a dramatically different approach, telling Americans Tuesday that he wants large sections of the economy reopened by mid-April.

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In Maine, as in most other parts of the country, there's a limited supply of tests for COVID-19. That's forcing health care providers to reserve testing for the most high-risk patients, under new guidelines by the state Center for Disease Control. In the meantime, some Mainers who have been tested say they are waiting days for results that were initially expected within 24 hours.

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In recent days, schools across Maine have closed as part of the state's strategy to limit the spread of COVID-19. But state health officials acknowledge that the situation is more complicated for child care facilities. While many have shut down, others are staying open and taking on an increasingly important role in providing care for the children of health care workers and other essential employees.

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In the past week, the number of cases of COVID-19 in Maine has climbed from one to 52.

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Daily life has changed drastically as Mainers take steps to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. Preparing and maintaining needed services for homeless clients has proven to be a challenge for shelters, who are dealing with limited space, supplies and a dramatic decline in the numbers of volunteers.

With another jump in the number of COVID-19 cases reported by the Maine CDC Thursday, Gov. Janet Mills is urging the federal government to provide more testing supplies and personal protection equipment, or PPE, to health care providers.

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The number of coronavirus cases in Maine continues to climb. And now Gov. Janet Mills is taking steps she had originally hoped to avoid, including the mandatory halting of dine-in services at restaurants and bars and a prohibition on gatherings of 10 or more people.

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Gov. Janet Mills' declaration of a "civil emergency" Sunday opened up one option for some Mainers who are being financially hurt by the Covid-19 outbreak. They can now apply for low-interest loans from the federal Small Business Administration (SBA).

Low interest loans through the Small Business Administration are available to small companies and not-for-profits, including areas like agriculture and aquaculture. The SBA is urging people to apply now for the loans of up to $2 million.