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The family of a former resident of the Maplecrest Rehabilitation Facility in Madison, who died after contracting COVID-19, has filed a civil claim alleging negligence on the part of the Big Moose Inn, which hosted a wedding reception that public health officials believe led to the spread of hundreds of cases of the virus and several deaths.

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Starting on Friday, 52 new rapid COVID-19 testing sites will open at Walgreens pharmacies across the state, and another three will come online next week.

Retired University of Maine system employees filed a class-action lawsuit Thursday over the system’s proposed changes to health benefits, and in response the system announced that it will “pause” to speak with representatives and address their concerns.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control will now investigate probable cases of COVID-19 only after a person receives a positive test result. The change is aimed at ensuring that state resources are directed at the new coronavirus as the state enters cold and flu season.

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Gov. Janet Mills is limiting the hours for certain businesses in response to the surge of COVID-19 cases in Maine.

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State public health officials reported a record number of hospitalizations for COVID-19 on Wednesday. In light of the state’s troubling trend with the coronavirus, Gov. Janet Mills is urging Mainers to embrace safety precautions and avoid unnecessary trips, and she says that the coming weeks will present a critical test for the state.

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Daily COVID-19 cases set another record in Maine on Tuesday, but a bright spot, according to state public health officials, is that public schools have not been a major source of transmission. Yet with the virus continuing to spread, and holiday travel on the horizon, some school officials are considering additional precautions.

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Maine continues to lag the country in curbing the rate of new lung cancer diagnoses.

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It’s another record-breaking day in Maine for new cases of COVID-19 — the state CDC is reporting 246 Tuesday. The previous high was 243 last Friday.

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The Maine CDC on Monday announced an outbreak of COVID-19 at another church — the Tabernacle of the Congregation in Sweden — the most recent in a handful of investigations involving houses of worship. Churches at the center of outbreaks tend to shy away from the public scrutiny they face in these instances. Some are defiant, but at least one Maine church has decided to take very open approach to the outbreak in its midst.

Former and current Maine university employees are urging the system to reverse what they say are costly changes to retiree health insurance.

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The number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and the positivity rate all continue to climb in Maine.

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The Maine CDC has added two deaths related to COVID-19 to the state's total.

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The Maine CDC has added another COVID-19 death to the state's total. One-hundred sixty-three Mainers have now died with the disease.

Androscoggin County is the latest area of Maine to be classified as “yellow” under the state’s COVID-19 risk assessment for schools as cases continue to surge across the state.