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About 60 percent of the potatoes produced in Maine and around the country are grown to supply the food service industries. But with everything from school cafeterias to sports concessions to in-flight meals canceled, potato farmers are facing uncertain times in what is already an uncertain business. And many say that they are discouraged by what they are being offered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in a federal aid package.

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Data from the Small Business Administration show that since the start of the pandemic, more than 25,000 loans have been approved for small businesses in Maine, and almost 90 percent of applicants have received the funds. But some are wary of taking on more debt while their businesses are ordered closed.

Keith Srakocic / AP File

Routine appointments for health care came to a halt in March, when Mainers hunkered down at home as the state braced for a possible surge of the coronavirus. The sudden drop in patients hit independent physicians especially hard, who saw steep declines in revenue. Now as the state reopens, some of these doctors say they are starting to emerge, but their future is still tenuous.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Along Maine's border with Canada, communities on either side are closely connected, historically, culturally, economically. But the COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily severed that connection, as the governments of the two countries have suspended nonessential travel along the border.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

The daily case count of COVID-19 in Maine has increased by 71 since yesterday Thursday, and two more people have died.

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Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, joins us to discuss the latest in the state's efforts to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

We'll discuss new federal funding, increased testing, outbreaks, use of protective equipment and masks, antibody tests, medications and research, and we'll take your questions.


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A new outbreak of COVID-19 has been confirmed at a care facility in Cumberland County.

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As Maine heads toward Stage 2 of the state's plan to reopen the economy during the coronavirus pandemic, the Mills administration has issued guidance for summer camps. For some camps, it's provided the make-or-break decision about whether to open this summer. Those that have decided to move forward are preparing for a very different experience.

More than 25,000 businesses in Maine have been approved to receive more than $2 billion in loans from the federal Paycheck Protection Program.

Roughly 11,500 Mainers made their first-time claims for unemployment benefits from state and federal assistance programs last week.

The state of Maine has seen one of the country's lowest rates of hospitalization and mortality from COVID-19, but its economy relies heavily on summer visitors — many from states where the virus is still rampant.

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Much of the aid that Congress has provided to Americans in financial hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic has come in the form of vastly expanded unemployment insurance program.

BRIAN BECHARD / Maine Public File

Maine's Department of Corrections says it's received the results of 221 COVID-19 tests on prisoners and staff at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham, and all tests so far have been negative. Additional results are expected in the next several days as the state testing lab runs the 484 samples the DOC submitted.

All prisoners, staff and contractors at the prison have submitted for testing, officials say. The tests were in response to the discovery at the facility of the first confirmed case of a prisoner with COVID-19.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Maine health officials are reporting another 58 new cases of COVID-19 since Wednesday, for a total of 1,877 positive diagnoses since the pandemic began.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's spring farmers market season is getting started all over the state with new rules and sanitation measures to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

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