COVID-19

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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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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.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control Sunday is reporting another 33 cases of COVID-19 in the state, for a total of 1,185. Another person has died, bringing the total number of COVID-related deaths to 57. The CDC is cautioning Mainers not to assume that COVID-19 is the primary cause of death in each of these cases. 

Seven-hundred-six people have recovered from the disease in Maine.

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For the second time in as many weeks, protesters gathered on the streets and sidewalks around the governor’s mansion, the Blaine House, to urge further relaxation of restrictions designed to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maine and other states appears to plateau, scientists and public health experts are looking for ways to track people who may have had it and recovered. One way is with antibody tests, which are used to determine infections and, potentially, who may have immunity to the disease. But the antibody tests now being offered in Maine and elsewhere are far from conclusive.

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It was supposed to be a great year for Maine potatoes. Last year's harvest was strong, and this year should have seen about 3,000 new acres brought into production, but the sudden arrival of COVID-19 has changed all that.

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Municipal election officials across the state are exploring options for conducting the July primary elections without many of the poll workers that they have come to depend on. Some workers say they won’t be showing up because of concerns about the coronavirus.

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When problems arise in the world of theater, the rallying cry has long been "the show must go on," but that's just not the case for many theater companies in Maine that have cancelled their spring and summer seasons because of the spread of COVID-19. And now, sights are now set on future seasons.

The Maine Center for Disease Control is confirming 11 cases of COVID-19 at Tyson Foods poultry processing center in Portland.

Dogs and humans in need of a trim since last month turned out Friday to Maine's reopened grooming and stylist salons.

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Starting Friday, health care providers can resume routine procedures and appointments that they have had to put on hold as the state has tried to stem the spread of the new coronavirus. Many providers say they will not reopen right away, and some, including dentists, say they still aren't allowed to provide treatment other than emergency care.

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The first wave of Maine business reopenings starts Friday, under the phased guidance measures Gov. Janet Mills started to issue this week. Some companies, particularly where social distancing is relatively easy, are raring to go. But professionals who work in closer quarters with customers are wary.

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