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Nick Woodward / Maine Public

Maine has now identified 1,374 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, an increase of 44 since Thursday. Another person infected with the virus has died, bringing the total number of deaths since the pandemic began to 63.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Maine is reporting 76 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 1, 330 since the pandemic began, and no new deaths. 

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

As Maine's total number of COVID-19 cases rose by another 28, and the disease took another life, Maine Gov. Janet Mills said she's convening an Economic Recovery Committee comprised of  37 business, government and municipal leaders, lawmakers, representatives of Maine's tourism industry and other stakeholders.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Four more Mainers infected with the coronavirus have died, and another 21 new cases have been identified. That's according to Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah, who discussed the new figures Tuesday at a live briefing in Augusta.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Twenty new cases of COVID-19 have occurred in Maine in the past 24 hours, for a total of 1,205 since the pandemic began, and at least five additional cases identified Monday afternoon that will be added into Tuesday's total.

Justin Kase Conder / AP Images for Aspen Dental

Dentists in Maine say they still don’t know when they can reopen under Gov. Janet Mills’ plan announced last week.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

The Maine Center for Disease Control Saturday is reporting 1,152 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and an additional death in the state, making 56 total deaths.

In an emailed statement, Robert Long of the Maine CDC said Saturday's death was a Waldo County woman who was older than 80. Also in the email, Long said to "note that COVID-related deaths reflect the number of Maine residents who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 who have died. Please do not assume that COVID-19 is the primary cause of death in each of these cases."

David J. Phillip / AP Photo

As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maine and other states appears to plateau, scientists and public health experts are looking for ways to track people who may have had it and recovered. One way is with antibody tests, which are used to determine infections and, potentially, who may have immunity to the disease. But the antibody tests now being offered in Maine and elsewhere are far from conclusive.

The Maine Center for Disease Control is confirming 11 cases of COVID-19 at Tyson Foods poultry processing center in Portland.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP File

Starting Friday, health care providers can resume routine procedures and appointments that they have had to put on hold as the state has tried to stem the spread of the new coronavirus. Many providers say they will not reopen right away, and some, including dentists, say they still aren't allowed to provide treatment other than emergency care.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Gov. Janet Mills announced on Tuesday that “cloth face coverings” must be worn, under certain circumstances, as part of her administration’s plan to reopen Maine. Her executive order released Wednesday offers some detail — here’s a look at where you’ll be required to wear a face covering, and when you won’t.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

As Maine reports two new deaths from COVID-19, and 28 new cases of the coronavirus, Gov. Janet Mills urged Mainers to "stay the course" in the effort to stamp out the virus.

Drug overdose deaths in Maine increased in 2019 by 7% over the previous year.  That's according to figures in a new report the Maine Attorney General's Office released Friday.

Linda Coan O'Kresik / Bangor Daily News

ROCKLAND, Maine — While the thought of quarantining inside for weeks on end might seem daunting, it’s relatively easy to commit to when you have a home.

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine company that makes specialized swabs for coronavirus testing is teaming up with a construction company and a defense contractor to boost production.