COVID-19

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The Maine CDC Saturday reported 847 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 20 more cases from Friday's count. The center also reports three additional deaths in Maine.

Three-hundred eighty-two people have recovered from COVID-19 in Maine.

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Maine Center for Disease Control Director Dr. Nirav Shah on Wednesday used what he described as an epidemiological axiom to explain a surge of COVID-19 cases in several long-term care facilities. “When you look for things, you find them,” Shah said.

A retirement community in Portland called Ashton Gardens is confirming a cluster of COVID-19 cases. In a statement to Maine Public, a spokesperson for the facility’s parent company, Hawthorn Senior Living, says four residents have tested positive for the virus.

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County jails in Maine have seen a 38 percent decline in their prison populations over the past several weeks, and the Maine State Prison system has had an eight percent drop, according to the latest figures on the Department of Corrections website.

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is sending an additional $10 million in state and federal funds to private nonmedical institutions.

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Gov. Janet Mills has issued an executive order barring most evictions during the ongoing civil state of emergency. Mills announced the order during a press briefing Thursday, where she also unveiled a rental assistance relief program. Maine now joins several dozen states that have taken action on eviction, but some renters say more protection is needed.

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Maine long-term care facilities continue to experience outbreaks of COVID-19. The Maine Center for Disease Control reported Thursday that Falmouth By the Sea is the fifth such facility to be hit with multiple cases.

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Ten days ago Maine Public spoke with Portland surgeon and critical care Doctor Laura Withers, who was about to go to New York to volunteer in a COVID-19 intensive care unit at Long Island Jewish Hospital. Since then, she says she’s been working nights for 15 hours at a stretch. In her own words, Withers describes what it has been like to treat patients at the epicenter of the pandemic:

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The COVID-19 crisis has led to an unprecedented demand for high-speed Internet in Maine, with people working from home, students learning remotely, patients seeing doctors virtually, and all sorts of online entertainment being accessed. How is our state's already limited broadband capacity meeting people's needs, and what is being done to improve broadband in Maine? What workarounds can people try for now, if they don't have sufficient Internet connectivity to function during this stay-at-home period?


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The Maine CDC is confirming increases in the numbers of residents and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 in a skilled nursing and assisted living center In Augusta.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control says the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state has increased to 616 Saturday. Over two-thirds of the total cases are from Cumberland and York counties.

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COVID-19, caused by the new coronavirus can be a serious, life-threatening disease. But most people — about 80 percent of confirmed cases — have mild to moderate symptoms. Still, for those who come out the other side, there are lingering questions — and frustrations. Several Mainers are either contending with the virus or have recovered. They’ve shared their stories with Maine Public.

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Maine health care providers are getting $145 million from the federal government as they focus on pandemic response, while many of their usual revenue sources have dried up.

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Cases of COVID-19 at a Belfast long-term care facility have nearly doubled, and a new outbreak has been identified at a nursing home in Augusta, according to the latest update from the Maine CDC.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is posing a particular challenge for many families, as parents face the task of educating their children at home while, in some cases, trying to work at the same time. Other parents may have lost their jobs and are trying to put food on the table.

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