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Central Maine Healthcare has filed a letter of intent with the state about its plans to open an outpatient surgery center in Topsham.

Caitlin Troutman / Maine Public

The Maine Center for Disease Control reported 39 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday, for a total of 1,687. No new deaths related to the disease were reported.

Caitlin Troutman / Maine Public

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to increase in Maine, and the state Center for Disease Control is reporting an additional death.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

Cases of COVID-19 in Maine grew to 1,603 overnight, as another 38 cases were diagnosed. The death toll remained unchanged at 69.

Group Homes For People With Disabilities Are The Latest Site Of Coronavirus Outbreaks

May 15, 2020
Troy R. Bennett / BDN

As the coronavirus begins to crop up in group homes for the people with intellectual disabilities and autism, the providers who run them say they are encountering more financial trouble than usual and having trouble securing protective gear to keep staff and residents from becoming infected.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Three more Mainers infected with the new coronavirus have died since Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 69. The Maine CDC also reported 50 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, for a total of 1,565.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's attorney general has joined a group of 20 of his peers to call for the Trump Administration to take steps to make sure meat and poultry processing facilities are safe for employees.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP

Governor Janet Mills Wednesday has for the second time extended Maine’s state of civil emergency. The new state of emergency will last for thirty days through June 11, 2020.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Maine has now had 1,515 cases of COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic, and 66 deaths. That's according to new figures the Maine Center for Disease Control released Wednesday.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Fifteen more Mainers have been confirmed with COVID-19, for a total of 1,477 cases, according to the state Center for Disease Control.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

The Maine CDC reported 26 new cases of COVID-19 and another death on Monday, the first day that retail businesses in 12 of Maine's 16 counties can resume limited operations.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

It’s been eight weeks since dental offices in Maine have been closed for routine care. During that time, minor dental issues in some patients have progressed into emergencies.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP

State health officials are reporting no new deaths in Maine Sunday related to COVID-19. That leaves the total number of deaths in the state related to the disease at 64.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

The Maine Center for Disease Control Saturday reported 34 additional cases of COVID-19 in the state, making the total number of confirmed and presumptive cases  1408.

They are also reporting another death,  a woman "who is older than 80" from Waldo County. There have been 64 COVID-19 related deaths in Maine.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP Photo

Buoyed by a new agreement to increase testing for the novel coronavirus, Maine Gov. Janet Mills is modifying her plan to restart the Maine economy. Her revised plan will allow restaurants and retail stores to reopen with new safety restrictions, but with a key caveat: It will only apply to mostly rural parts of the state.