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Starting Monday, Massachusetts is no longer exempt from Maine’s testing and quarantine requirements.

Public schools on Mount Desert Island will begin testing teachers and staff each week as part of an effort to monitor the spread of the new coronavirus.

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Another person with COVID-19 has died in Maine, for a total of 159 deaths, as the number of active cases across the state continue to climb and hospitalizations surge to 62.

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The Maine CDC has reported two deaths with COVID-19 on Wednesday.

Another 142 cases of the disease were also added to the state's total. That brings the total number of deaths to 158, and cases to 8,202.

COVID-19 cases were recorded in all of Maine's 16 counties.

In all, 6,226 Mainers have recovered from COVID-19, leaving 1,818 active cases.

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News that a highly effective vaccine for COVID-19 could be available before the end of the year is creating excitement in the medical world. It has also triggered a race to secure the ultra-cold-storage capacity needed to keep the vaccine viable.

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The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in a lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act.

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The Maine CDC has added four deaths and 163 COVID-19 cases to the state's total on Tuesday. One-hundred fifty-six people have now died with the disease.

A week after 37 members of the nurses union at Calais Regional Hospital signed a petition of no-confidence demanding that the hospital’s CEO be terminated, the union has voted to authorize a two-day strike.


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Maine is expanding testing for COVID-19 through two new mobile Swab and Send sites. The announcement comes as the Maine CDC adds 204 cases of COVID-19 to the state's total on Monday.

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The Maine CDC is reporting 90 new cases of COVID-19 in the state.

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Two more Mainers have died with COVID-19, according to the state CDC.

The agency has also added 159 cases to the state's total.

In all, 152 Mainers have now died, and 7,603 have been diagnosed with the disease — of those, 5,906 have recovered, leaving 1,545 active cases.

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Colleges in Maine are increasing testing and seeking to limit student travel as COVID-19 case numbers have surged in the state in recent days.

Franklin and Knox counties have been designated “yellow” by the Mills administration, as state agencies recommend that schools there move to “hybrid” learning and suspend sports and extracurriculars.

The counties join Somerset and Washington counties, which were designated yellow by the state last week. In a news release, the Mills administration says that case rates have climbed to 4.7 percent in Somerset and 3.3 percent in Washington County.

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Updated Friday, Nov. 6, 2020: 

The head of the Maine Center for Disease Control is urging people to “do the right thing” by wearing masks and avoiding gatherings.

Dr. Nirav Shah made the plea during a news briefing on Friday, when the state once again set a record for new daily cases of COVID-19 with 184.