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The  Maine Department of Health and Human Services office in Rockland will be closed Monday for a thorough cleaning and sanitizing after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

The Maine CDC Saturday said the number of cases of COVID 19 in the state is up to 456, with more than half the total from Cumberland County.

83 Mainers are hospitalized with the disease, and the number of deaths is now 10. The latest death was a York county man in his 70s. 140 individuals have recovered from the disease in Maine.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Bath Iron Works has announced that a second employee at the Maine shipyard has tested positive for COVID-19.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

Updated April 3, 2020 at 1:27 p.m. ET.

Nine people have now died in Maine from COVID-19, as the number of known cases rises to 432. That's according to Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah.

John Minchillo / Associated Press

Like many states, Maine has experienced very limited capacity to test for COVID-19, first because of the number of tests available and later because of a nationwide shortage of a critical element needed to produce a result. Now, with the introduction of a new rapid testing platform, the Maine Center of Disease Control says it is poised to pick up the pace.

Ted S. Warren / AP File

As of Thursday, 68 people in Maine have been hospitalized for COVID-19.

The Togus VA Medical Center is reporting its first death of a patient from complications of COVID-19. The person was identified as someone in their 70s, and no further information is being provided because of privacy reasons.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

The Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife department is encouraging Mainers to try fishing - one of the outdoor activities under Gov. Janet Mills' order aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.

Tom Porter / Maine Public

Portland will temporarily restrict new intakes at its city-run shelters after two guests tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week.

Charles Beck / Maine Public/file

As Mainers start to feel the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Bucksport's town manager, Susan Lessard, has proposed a way for the town to step up and help. Lessard spoke Wednesday with Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz from the Bucksport town office, where she said she's been working to help her community keep calm.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine Gov. Janet Mills requested a federal disaster declaration hours before the start of her new "stay-at-home" order to help limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Julie Pike / Maine Public

The city of Portland is now using its Expo building as a shelter to quarantine residents suspected of being exposed to COVID-19, after two guests at the city's Oxford Street homeless shelter have tested positive for the virus since Tuesday.

Maine Public

Updated April 1, 2020 at 13:19 a.m. ET.

Two more people infected with the new coronavirus have died, bringing the total number of deaths from the illness in Maine to 7, according to Maine Center for Disease Control Director Dr. Nirav Shah.

The Other Pandemics That Have Hit Maine Over The Centuries

Apr 1, 2020
U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command / via Bangor Daily News

The coronavirus pandemic has upended the world for just about everybody. And yet, throughout history, infectious disease outbreaks were much more common than they are today, especially in the United States.

Portland has formally suspended all eviction proceedings, going beyond new statewide rules Gov. Janet Mills announced on Tuesday.