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The Maine Center for Disease Control is reporting that the number of COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Maine since the pandemic's onset has risen to 3,460, an increase of 20 since Tuesday. No new deaths were reported.

In anticipation of a special session later this summer, Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon and Senate President Troy Jackson have directed legislative committees to act on the 240 bills that were carried over when the Legislature adjourned in March at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. But Republican leaders say they want to focus on a limited number of issues.

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A federal program designed to prevent layoffs and support small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic has provided $2.2 billion to more than 27,000 Maine companies, according to newly released loan data.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control is reporting another death, and an increase in cases of COVID-19 to 3,440, 17 more than Monday. 

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They’ve been closed for months because of the pandemic, but this week Maine’s two casinos will be allowed to reopen after state officials agreed to a pandemic safety plan that will limit capacity to 200 people.

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When the coronavirus pandemic swept across the country this spring, child care facilities in Maine were designated as “essential” businesses. Many closed anyway, but are now in the process of reopening, some at reduced capacity.

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Maine is reporting a total of 3,423 cases of COVID-19, eight more since Sunday. The death toll remained at 109.

The city of Portland is making half a million dollars in CARES Act funds available to help Portland renters affected by COVID-19.

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State health officials say two more people with COVID-19 have died.

President Trump signed legislation Saturday extending the deadline for small businesses to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program, enacted in the weeks following the economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The original deadline to apply for the PPP was this past Tuesday night. But $130 billion still remained in the fund, out of $660 billion allocated. Both houses of Congress approved the extension unanimously earlier this week. With Trump's signature Saturday, businesses will now have until Aug. 8 to apply for the assistance.

CDC Reports 2 More Deaths, 24 More Cases Of COVID-19

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The Maine Center for Disease Control Saturday is reporting two more deaths associated with COVID-19, a man in his 80s and a woman in her 60s, both from Cumberland County. The total number of fatalities in the state stands at 107. 

The CDC is also reporting 24 more cases of the disease.

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The Maine Department of Corrections (DOC) announced Thursday that results of COVID-19 testing for staff and residents of the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland are negative so far. 

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The novel coronavirus has changed the way we think about a lot of issues; the economy is one example. Michael Hillard, a professor of economics at the University of Southern Maine, says wealth inequality has been laid bare by the pandemic and so has the fact that the government is ill-equipped to handle an economic challenge of this size.

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As the state opens up its borders and businesses, the demand for COVID-19 testing is going up.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control says another 34 cases of COVID-19 have been detected in Maine since Wednesday, bringing the total number diagnosed in the state since the pandemic's onset to 3,328. The number of deaths remains at 105, a figure that hasn't changed since June 26.