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Updated April 30, 2020 at 2:18 p.m. ET.

Maine Center for Disease Control Dr. Nirav Shah says Maine's tally of COVID-19 cases rose overnight by 39, for a total of 1,095 cases since the pandemic began. Another person died, bringing the total number of deaths to 53.

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Another Maine resident has died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, as the number of cases in Maine rose on Wednesday by 16, for a total of 1,056. But Maine Center for Disease Control Director Dr. Nirav Shah said some additional cases have just been identified.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of nearly every person in America, including college students, who were sent home last month to limit the spread of the virus. But some, including Yihao Yang, have remained on campus.

Calais Regional Hospital is cutting about 10 percent of its full-time staff.

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills says she's likely to announce Tuesday whether she'll extend her stay-at-home order, which expires Thursday. 

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The Portland City Council voted unamimously Monday night to extend the city's Emergency Stay-at-Home order put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The order, set to expire Monday, has been extended through May 18.

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Workers in the city of Portland, especially those who come into close contact with the public,  would have to wear masks, or similar cloth face coverings, if the Portland City Council approves an amendment to the city's emergency stay-at-home order at its meeting Monday evening. 

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State Health Officials are reporting another 25 cases of COVID-19 in Maine Sunday, but no additional deaths.


Residents of nursing homes account for more than half of all deaths from COVID-19 in Maine, one of only a handful of states that share that distinction.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control Saturday is reporting 990 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maine, an increase of 25 from Friday's report.

There were also three more deaths reported. In an emailed statement, Maine CDC Communications Director Robert Long said that the three were all women older than age 80. One woman was from Androscoggin County, one was from Franklin County and one was from Waldo County.

Fifty people have died from confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of Maine so far.

Five hundred nineteen people have recovered from the disease.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control has confirmed 965 cases of COVID-19 in the state and 47 deaths, an increase of three from Thursday

PORTLAND, Maine — The National Alliance of Mental Illness has launched a new mental health support line to provide young people support during the coronavirus outbreak and beyond.

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills outlined the guideposts her administration will use in attempting to reopen the state economy. But her announcement came amid five new reported deaths from the novel coronavirus, the largest single-day total for Maine so far.

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The coronavirus pandemic has thrust us all into a new situation that can be disorienting. That's especially true for doctors and nurses who are treating patients with an illness they've never seen before. On Tuesday, the Mills administration launched a new statewide telephone line to support frontline workers, but there are also local efforts underway — including a new online peer support group at Maine Medical Center.

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Three more Mainers have died of COVID-19 since Tuesday, as 19 new confirmed cases were added. That's according to new figures the Maine Center for Disease Control released Wednesday morning.