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There are 44 new cases of COVID-19 in Maine.

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Another person with COVID-19 has died, a man in his 80s from Somerset County. This brings the state's total number of deaths related to the novel coronavirus to 139. 

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Maine's tally of COVID-19 cases has hit a new milestone, exceeding 5,000 cases for the first time. That's according to new figures the Maine Center for Disease Control posted Friday.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control is reporting an increase of 21 cases of COVID-19 Thursday, bringing the total since the pandemic's onset here to 4,962. The number of deaths remained unchanged at 138. One-third of the additional cases reported Thursday are in York County. 

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Maine is reporting another death as the state's tally of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic's onset grew overnight to 4,941, a net increase of 23 cases since Tuesday.

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Another Mainer with COVID-19 has died, as the total number of cases of the disease diagnosed among residents since the pandemic's onset grew overnight to 4,918, a net increase of 15.

This weekend, St. Joseph’s College President Jim Dlugos wrote a letter to the campus community saying that the school had detected nine cases of COVID-19 — most from a single residence hall — and would move to remote classes for the next two weeks.

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Usually the first sign of COVID-19 is a fever, cough or maybe a sore throat and shortness of breath. But at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, the first sign of a recent outbreak of the disease appeared in the school’s wastewater — surveillance wastewater testing tipped off school officials to all nine cases before students developed symptoms.

Portland’s Preble Street social service agency wants to convert its longtime daytime drop-in center in the city’s Bayside neighborhood into a 24-hour “wellness” shelter with 40 beds.

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Maine's COVID-19 case load grew to 4,903 overnight, a net increase of 40 since Sunday.  The death toll remained unchanged, at 136.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control Sunday is reporting another death associated with COVID-19, a woman in her 80s from Somerset County. There have been 136 COVID-19 related deaths in the state.

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While Maine has maintained one of the lowest rates of COVID-19 in the country, it made national headlines earlier this year for having one of the highest positivity rates for Black and African American people.

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The city of Sanford is beefing up face-covering requirements in the wake of four outbreaks of COVID-19 in the southern York County community.

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The state is still advising that schools in York County should add extra precautions and reconsider full, in-person classes this fall.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control is reporting 32 additional cases of COVID-19 Friday.

No new deaths were reported Friday. That number stands at 134.

There are 467 active cases in the state. Ten people with the disease are currently hospitalized. Six of those individuals are in intensive care and five are on ventilators.

The next state CDC briefing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 15.