COVID-19

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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.

For more information on how the virus arose and spread, recommendations on how to best protect yourself and other information that Mainers might find useful, check out "What Mainers Need To Know About The Coronavirus."

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This is the second segment of a two-hour Maine Calling show, as part of our ongoing coverage of the pressing issues facing Maine during the COVID-19 crisis. For the first segment, click here.

Dr. Edison Liu, president & CEO, The Jackson Laboratory; physician who previously led the scientific response for the country of Singapore for the SARS crisis in 2003. Liu has also had leading positions at the Human Genome Organization and the National Cancer Institute.

Liu joins Maine Calling to talk about his experience leading the response to the SARS epidemic in Singapore, what is needed in the national COVID-19 strategy, how Jackson Lab scientists are helping to combat the pandemic and more. He will answer listener questions about the spread of the virus and safe behavior.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control Sunday confirmed the second and third deaths of individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. 

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The University of Southern Maine says it will partner with Preble Street to convert the Sullivan Gymnasium on the school’s Portland campus to a temporary 24-hour shelter for people experiencing homelessness.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control reported Saturday that there are now 211 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.

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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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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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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 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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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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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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In response to concerns about out-of-state snowmobilers heading to Aroostook County during the COVID-19 emergency, the state has sent emails to more than 30,000 non-resident sledders asking them to consider staying home during the remainder of this season and come back next year.

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In response to Gov. Janet Mills' new directives for retail stores across the state to limit the spread of COVID-19, supermarkets, pharmacies and other "essential businesses" in Maine are taking steps to protect their customers and their employees. That has meant physical changes at the check-out and, in some cases, limiting the number of shoppers in the store at any one time.

The State Labor Department says a significant number of people are filing for unemployment insurance due to COVID-19, and some are having difficulty connecting with the state because the online application is not designed for smartphone use.

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