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John Minchillo / Associated Press

Like many states, Maine has experienced very limited capacity to test for COVID-19, first because of the number of tests available and later because of a nationwide shortage of a critical element needed to produce a result. Now, with the introduction of a new rapid testing platform, the Maine Center of Disease Control says it is poised to pick up the pace.

Charles Beck / Maine Public/file

As Mainers start to feel the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Bucksport's town manager, Susan Lessard, has proposed a way for the town to step up and help. Lessard spoke Wednesday with Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz from the Bucksport town office, where she said she's been working to help her community keep calm.

Portland has formally suspended all eviction proceedings, going beyond new statewide rules Gov. Janet Mills announced on Tuesday. 

Troy R. Bennett / Bangor Daily News

The Portland City Council voted unanimously Monday night to extend the city’s stay-at-home order until April 27.

Nick Woodward/Maine Public

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.

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.

Troy R. Bennett / Bangor Daily News

South Portland has joined a number of other Southern Maine municipalities in issuing a stay-at-home order.

Troy R. Bennett / Bangor Daily News

It's been less than two weeks since two cases of coronavirus were identified at a Falmouth retirement community.  The most recent Maine CDC reporting says there are six residents or staff who've tested positive for the virus, and life there now is far different than before. But despite the isolation and uncertainty, some residents are taking events in stride.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

The city of Portland will institute an emergency stay-at-home order for non-essential personnel and business services beginning Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. Portland Mayor Kate Snyder spoke with Maine Public's Jennifer Mitchell to discuss that order.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Those who work in the field of mental health say that just as cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in Maine, so is the level of anxiety. Calls to both the state crisis line and the non-crisis "warm" line are up.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

The isolation required as part of the state’s efforts to slow the spread of the new coronavirus is a challenge for many of us, but particularly difficult for people dealing with addiction, those in recovery, and for the  providers who are treating these populations.

Joel Page / AP

Police, prosecutors and judges in Maine are taking steps to avoid sending non-violent offenders to jail. The spread of the coronavirus has prompted Maine courts to issue orders vacating outstanding warrants for unpaid fines and unpaid restitution.

Susan Walsh / Associated Press

Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says negotiations are underway between Republicans and Democrats over a third stimulus package to help provide loans and other relief to small businesses and their employees affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Maine Legislature is considering a bill that would establish a "Maine Spaceport Complex Leadership Council." Spaceport as in rocket launching.

Tony Avelar / Associated Press

Former Vice President Joe Biden extended his wave of success on Super Tuesday to Maine, with about 92.27 percent of precincts reporting. He beat Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders by a narrow margin.