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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.

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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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As hospitals around the nation scramble to get more ventilators to help patients in respiratory distress from COVID-19, a professor at Southern Maine Community College has designed a device that could allow four patients to share the same ventilator.

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The attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, has changed things for many. That includes food pantries.

The increasing restrictions on gatherings and movement are leaving more people without jobs and the money needed even to get the most basic necessities. That is driving increased demand for Maine's food pantries. But at the same time, some are reporting trouble getting surplus food because people, afraid of disruptions, have been buying store shelves clean.

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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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The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL) has announced that it will close nearly a dozen coastal state parks and beaches on Friday to protect the health and safety of visitors from the threat of COVID-19. The parks will be closed until April 8, but that could be extended.

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The Hannaford Supermarket chain says it is taking several new steps to protect customers and employees from the spread of COVID-19, including the installation of Plexiglass barriers in front of cash registers.

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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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Maine Public is committed to keeping you informed with reliable news, resources and guidance around the new coronavirus. Here's the latest on the the new coronavirus and the disease known as COVID-19. This guide will be updated with the most recent developments.

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Updated March 27, 2020 at 14:30 p.m. ET.

Maine Gov. Janet Mills has confirmed the state's first COVID-19 death. At an Augusta news briefing Friday, the governor said the individual was a man in his 80s from Cumberland County.

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Updated March 26, 2020 at 1:13 p.m. ET.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Maine has grown by 13 in a day to 155.  That's according to Maine Center for Disease Control Director Dr. Nirav Shah, who presented the new numbers Thursday morning at an Augusta press briefing.

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

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This is an extended two-hour Maine Calling show, as we continue to cover the ways that the COVID-19 crisis is impacting the people of Maine.

All over Maine, people are in need of help — and, at the same time, people are finding ways to help. Today we explore the many creative and generous examples of support and aid that individuals and businesses are offering in this difficult time. We also learn how to best volunteer your services — and how to do so safely.

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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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