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Maine Gov. Janet Mills Tuesday released her plan to restart the state economy. But there are still a lot of questions about how it might work and how it affects businesses. We've brought in Maine Public's chief political correspondent Steve Mistler to help explain what we know so far and, hopefully, clear up some confusion.

State officials say they have seen an increase in attempts to scam consumers in the past few weeks.

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Workers in the city of Portland, especially those who come into close contact with the public,  would have to wear masks, or similar cloth face coverings, if the Portland City Council approves an amendment to the city's emergency stay-at-home order at its meeting Monday evening. 

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As Maine Gov. Janet Mills considers reopening the state economy, a key consideration is the state's ability to test for COVID-19. But it's a difficult task. Maine Public's chief political correspondent Steve Mistler discussed the way forward with Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah, who acknowledged that the state has so far been forced to ration testing for the virus:

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For some people, life during the pandemic has meant hunkering down with family members and, if you're fortunate, working from home. But when you happen to be a newlywed separated from your wife by an entire ocean and a professional athlete whose career in Europe is uncertain, priorities have a way of coming into focus.


Residents of nursing homes account for more than half of all deaths from COVID-19 in Maine, one of only a handful of states that share that distinction.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control Saturday is reporting 990 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maine, an increase of 25 from Friday's report.

There were also three more deaths reported. In an emailed statement, Maine CDC Communications Director Robert Long said that the three were all women older than age 80. One woman was from Androscoggin County, one was from Franklin County and one was from Waldo County.

Fifty people have died from confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of Maine so far.

Five hundred nineteen people have recovered from the disease.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control has confirmed 965 cases of COVID-19 in the state and 47 deaths, an increase of three from Thursday

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The COVID-19 pandemic has put a lot of stress on college students. In just a few weeks, many have had to pack their bags and leave campus, then transition to new, online classes. And for those set to graduate this spring, the economic uncertainty caused by the pandemic has many on edge and some rethinking their plans after graduation.

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills outlined the guideposts her administration will use in attempting to reopen the state economy. But her announcement came amid five new reported deaths from the novel coronavirus, the largest single-day total for Maine so far.

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The coronavirus pandemic has thrust us all into a new situation that can be disorienting. That's especially true for doctors and nurses who are treating patients with an illness they've never seen before. On Tuesday, the Mills administration launched a new statewide telephone line to support frontline workers, but there are also local efforts underway — including a new online peer support group at Maine Medical Center.

Maine Center for Disease Control Director Dr. Nirav Shah says a new federal relief bill that has cleared the U.S. Senate could allow Maine to ramp up testing capacity for the novel coronavirus.

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The Trump administration has released guidelines for states to reopen their economies and loosen social distancing orders related to the coronavirus pandemic. During a daily press briefing Friday, Maine Center for Disease Control Director Dr. Nirav Shah said the guidelines provide a framework for Maine, but many questions need to be answered moving forward.

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Talks between Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the next round of funding to help mitigate the coronavirus pandemic continue this weekend. Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins is cautiously optimistic a deal can be reached.

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State health officials say two more Mainers have died from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths from the disease to 34.