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Maine's tally of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic hit the state rose overnight by another 40, to a total of 5,146. The death toll remained unchanged at 140.

An employee at the ND Paper mill in Rumford with COVID-19 has died.

York County Sheriffs Office

State officials say the recent death of an inmate at the York County Jail was not caused by COVID-19.

The man has been identified as 47-year old Jason Daigle of Berwick.

During a news briefing on Tuesday, Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said that the inmate had already been considered recovered from the disease.

“That’s the primary factor, the one that weighs most heavily. But in addition to that, the clinical features around that individuals passing were not related to COVID-19,” he said.


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A person who attempted to board a flight — despite knowing they had COVID-19 — was intercepted at the Portland Jetport on Sunday.

Sanford High School and the Regional Technical Center have switched to remote learning for at least two weeks, following three cases of COVID-19 at the integrated schools. Reopening will be contingent on how the schools, and the greater community, fare with the virus.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control is reporting 27 additional cases of COVID-19 on Monday.

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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.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

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.

Rick Bowmer / Associated Press

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.