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Maine hospitals stressed by a surge in COVID-19 patients are asking the public to do better at follow the safety precautions that public health officials have been espousing for months.

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In yet another plea to Mainers to follow public health guidelines, state CDC director Dr. Nirav Shah on Wednesday said the success of a COVID-19 vaccine will be in part determined by controlling the current outbreak.

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The Brunswick community is mourning the death of 16-year-old Spencer Smith, who died last week by suicide. His parents say their son had been struggling with the changes in his life brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Maine CDC is reporting 12 new COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, though an agency spokesperson says not all of the deaths occurred in the past 24 hours.

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As a soaring COVID-19 caseload continues to stress the resources of the Maine Center for Disease Control, the agency announced on Monday that it’s further reducing case investigations and contact tracing to focus on people who are more vulnerable to the disease or at higher risk of spreading it.

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The Maine CDC has added 221 cases of COVID-19 to the state's total on Sunday. That's slightly less than the average of 263 for the last week.

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The Maine CDC is reporting three deaths related to COVID-19 on Saturday.

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The Maine CDC released more details on Friday about how many doses of both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine the state is expected to receive once they’re approved by the FDA.

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 in Maine reached another record high Friday, with 164 people in hospitals across the state. The surge has prompted MaineHealth's hospitals, including Maine Medical Center, to scale back elective surgeries starting Monday.

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The State of Maine is changing its guidance on how long a person must remain in quarantine if they’ve been exposed to someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19. The announcement comes as the Maine CDC reports an additional 290 cases of COVID-19 on Friday — the second highest daily total after Thursday’s record 346 cases.

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The Maine CDC has added 346 cases of COVID-19 to the state's total Thursday.

That's a one-day record, and an increase of over a third from Maine's previous record of 255, set Nov. 24.

Two new deaths related to the disease were also reported.

In all, 12,554 Mainers have been diagnosed with the disease and 220 have died. 

Six more people are hospitalized, for a total of 144.  Forty-three are in critical care, and 19 on ventilators.

Maine's positivity rate has now exceeded four percent.

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Gov. Janet Mills says the federal government has severely reduced Maine’s allocation for a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Lewiston Police Department has confirmed that 11 employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

Several school districts in Maine have been forced to shut down in recent days due to staff shortages caused by increasing COVID-19 case counts.

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Twenty more people with COVID-19 have died in Maine. It’s the highest number reported by the Maine CDC in a single day, but the agency says the deaths occurred Nov. 16-30.

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