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For more than 100 years, kids have flocked to summer camps in Maine to play in the woods, swim in a lake, forge new friendships and find a bit of freedom from their lives back home. But the new coronavirus is casting a cloud of uncertainty over how sleepaway camps might operate this summer — if at all.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control Saturday reported 34 additional cases of COVID-19 in the state, making the total number of confirmed and presumptive cases  1408.

They are also reporting another death,  a woman "who is older than 80" from Waldo County. There have been 64 COVID-19 related deaths in Maine.

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Gov. Janet Mills offered some relief Friday to retailers and restaurant owners whose business have been closed for weeks — or at least to those in counties where the pandemic has not become prevalent.

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Following months of record low unemployment, the country is now facing unprecedented jobless numbers. It's part of the economic fallout from COVID-19. It's been a rough year for college seniors who, until a couple of months ago, were on track to enter a swift job market.

Colby College in Waterville is taking the rather sizable task of finding each of its graduates a job. Maine Public's Jennifer Mitchell talked about this with Colby College President David Greene. 

A national staffing agency with an office in Scarborough is looking to hire 1,000 people to work on diagnostic test kit production as the state's jobless numbers from the pandemic continue to rise.

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Buoyed by a new agreement to increase testing for the novel coronavirus, Maine Gov. Janet Mills is modifying her plan to restart the Maine economy. Her revised plan will allow restaurants and retail stores to reopen with new safety restrictions, but with a key caveat: It will only apply to mostly rural parts of the state.

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Maine has now identified 1,374 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, an increase of 44 since Thursday. Another person infected with the virus has died, bringing the total number of deaths since the pandemic began to 63.


Amidst all the bad news are the stories of people helping one another during this time of need. We'll hear about individuals and organizations that are reaching out and finding solutions for those who need food, income, helpers and other support as we continue to deal with the fallout of the coronavirus crisis.

School buildings in Maine are closed through at the least the end of the academic year, classes have moved online and families are trying to teach their kids at home — with mixed results. What happens over the summer and even into next fall is also still in question.

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The month of May is prom season in Maine. There are months of planning for the final celebration with friends before entering the next stage of life. But COVID-19 has changed all that. Classes are now online, and prom and graduation ceremonies have been cancelled, delayed or otherwise re-imagined. Maine’s high school seniors had to learn to deal with all of these changes.

Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says the federal government is releasing $300 million in emergency funds to help the nation's seafood sector — including $20 million for Maine.

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New England’s economy relies on tourism, and this year’s summer season may be completely wiped out by coronavirus.

State and local governments have been front and center in the U.S. as we face the coronavirus pandemic. That is especially true because of inconsistent messaging from the Trump administration, and the fact that the federal government has not met states' needs for testing and medical equipment. So how has Maine responded since our first case of COVID-19, which was nearly two months ago?

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Maine is reporting 76 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 1, 330 since the pandemic began, and no new deaths. 

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills on Thursday announced a new partnership with a subsidiary of IDEXX Laboratories of Westbrook that could triple the state’s testing capacity for Covid-19.