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Gov. Janet Mills announced Tuesday that her administration is prepared to quadruple the number of people who identify and help isolate people who have been exposed to the coronavirus through what is known as contact tracing.

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There are several campaigns underway in Maine to increase the use of masks during the pandemic. One — called “Mask Up for ME” — is spearheaded by the Community Health Leadership Board in Bangor.

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The Mills administration has announced its plan to expand contact tracing to identify and isolate individuals who have been exposed to the coronavirus.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported an increase of 19 cases of COVID-19 in the state.

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The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has risen by 42 today in Maine.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control Saturday reported two additional deaths connected to COVID-19. This brings the total number of deaths in the state to 77 since the new coronavirus was confirmed in Maine.

The CDC also reported 65 more cases of COVID-19 for a total of 2,013.

In the state 1,232 have recovered from the disease.

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A new outbreak of COVID-19 has been confirmed at a care facility in Cumberland County.

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As Maine heads toward Stage 2 of the state's plan to reopen the economy during the coronavirus pandemic, the Mills administration has issued guidance for summer camps. For some camps, it's provided the make-or-break decision about whether to open this summer. Those that have decided to move forward are preparing for a very different experience.

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Maine's Department of Corrections says it's received the results of 221 COVID-19 tests on prisoners and staff at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham, and all tests so far have been negative. Additional results are expected in the next several days as the state testing lab runs the 484 samples the DOC submitted.

All prisoners, staff and contractors at the prison have submitted for testing, officials say. The tests were in response to the discovery at the facility of the first confirmed case of a prisoner with COVID-19.

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Maine health officials are reporting another 58 new cases of COVID-19 since Wednesday, for a total of 1,877 positive diagnoses since the pandemic began.

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Maine has now had 1,819 positive diagnoses of COVID-19, an increase of 78 cases since Tuesday and the largest one-day surge since the pandemic began.

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The Maine Department of Corrections has confirmed that a prisoner at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham has tested positive for COVID-19.  This is the first positive diagnosis of a Maine prisoner.

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Gov. Janet Mills has revised the plan to reopen the state’s economy by accelerating the opening of certain businesses and delaying others.

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Maine dentists can now reopen their practices.

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As Maine restaurants began to reopen Monday — with a lot of caveats — Maine Gov. Janet Mills announced that state is dropping its system of prioritizing tests for COVID-19, and will now allow health care providers to order testing for anyone suspected of having the disease.