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The Maine Center for Disease Control is adding 35 more confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 to its total Saturday.

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State agencies are advising that schools in York County should reconsider opening fully for in-person classes this fall due to an elevated risk of the spread of COVID-19 after several recent outbreaks.

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Another Mainer with COVID-19 has died, bringing the death tally to 134 since the pandemic hit the state. That's according to new figures the Maine Center for Disease Control posted Friday.

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Many schools are reopening next week — including a private academy in Sanford run by a church that has an outbreak of COVID-19.

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Beginning Thursday, York County is undertaking "a comprehensive, independent inquiry" into the COVID-19 outbreak at the county jail. The outbreak has been linked to a wedding in Millinocket last month.

The Togus VA Medical Center in Augusta has received federal approval to operate a 24-bed residential substance use disorder treatment program for veterans. Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Golden, of Maine’s 2nd District, says that currently Maine veterans often have to travel out of state for substance use disorder treatment.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control Thursday is reporting a net increase of 50 cases of COVID-19 overnight, bringing the total since the pandemic hit the state to 4,617. No new deaths were reported Thursday. That number remains at 133.

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An investigation is underway into an outbreak of COVID-19 at the York County Jail, which the Maine Center for Disease Control has now linked to 85 cases of the disease.

Troy R. Bennett

Before COVID-19 swept through the York County Jail in what has now become the largest outbreak of the disease in a Maine correctional facility, its management didn’t require inmates or staff to wear protective face coverings.

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Another Mainer has died from COVID-19, bringing the state's death toll from the pandemic to 133. The person who died was a man in his 70s from Somerset County, CDC officials say.

Meanwhile, the state has logged a net increase of 19 cases since Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 4,567.

Nick Schroeder / Bangor Daily News

SANFORD, Maine — The pastor at a Sanford Baptist church linked to a wave of new COVID-19 outbreaks in Maine disputed the legitimacy of the virus in a fiery indoor sermon on Sunday, lifting religious faith over realities of the pandemic and discouraging followers from heeding government mandates.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control says Maine's COVID-19 case load grew by 22 overnight to 4,548. The death toll remained unchanged at 132.

A case of acute hepatitis A has been identified in a worker at Saco House of Pizza.

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The University of New England says that three undergraduate students have tested positive for COVID-19, and another 22 are in quarantine.

The school announced on Monday that it’s reviewing the conduct of 17 students who apparently failed to wear masks and physically distance at a gathering near the Biddeford campus last Wednesday evening.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Maine health officials say the state's net tally of COVID-19 cases has now reached 4,526, an increase of 14 since Sunday. The death tally remained unchanged at 132.