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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.

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Originally published April 21, 2020 at 12:04 p.m. ET.

Another Mainer has died of the coronavirus, at the Maine Veteran's Home in Scarborough, as the number of positive diagnoses in the state since the pandemic began rose to 888, another 13 since Monday.

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Maine has confirmed 875 cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control. One more person has died from the disease, for a total of 35 deaths, and 414 people have recovered.

The veterinary diagnostics and software company IDEXX is announcing a new COVID-19 test for pets, and it’s developing a testing kit for people, as well. It says that effort is in its early stage of development.

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The Trump administration has released guidelines for states to reopen their economies and loosen social distancing orders related to the coronavirus pandemic. During a daily press briefing Friday, Maine Center for Disease Control Director Dr. Nirav Shah said the guidelines provide a framework for Maine, but many questions need to be answered moving forward.

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State health officials say two more Mainers have died from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths from the disease to 34.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

The Maine CDC Saturday reported 847 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 20 more cases from Friday's count. The center also reports three additional deaths in Maine.

Three-hundred eighty-two people have recovered from COVID-19 in Maine.

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Maine Center for Disease Control Director Dr. Nirav Shah on Wednesday used what he described as an epidemiological axiom to explain a surge of COVID-19 cases in several long-term care facilities. “When you look for things, you find them,” Shah said.

A retirement community in Portland called Ashton Gardens is confirming a cluster of COVID-19 cases. In a statement to Maine Public, a spokesperson for the facility’s parent company, Hawthorn Senior Living, says four residents have tested positive for the virus.

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Updated April 17, 2020 at 3:26 p.m. ET.

Two more Mainers have died as a result of COVID-19, as the disease spread to 31 more people since Thursday. That's according to Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah, who discussed the rising coronavirus toll at a briefing Friday.

Shah said the latest deaths were a woman in her 70s and a woman in her 80s, both from Waldo County. He said 827 people have become infected by the coronavirus since the pandemic began in Maine. Three-hundred-fifty-two have recovered and 29 have died. 

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

Maine long-term care facilities continue to experience outbreaks of COVID-19. The Maine Center for Disease Control reported Thursday that Falmouth By the Sea is the fifth such facility to be hit with multiple cases.

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Ten days ago Maine Public spoke with Portland surgeon and critical care Doctor Laura Withers, who was about to go to New York to volunteer in a COVID-19 intensive care unit at Long Island Jewish Hospital. Since then, she says she’s been working nights for 15 hours at a stretch. In her own words, Withers describes what it has been like to treat patients at the epicenter of the pandemic:

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Updated April 16, 2020 at 2:56 p.m. ET.

Maine Gov. Janet Mills has issued an executive order that will bar landlords from evicting tenants during the coronavirus pandemic, and a $5 million relief program for eligible tenants who can't pay their rent.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

Maine's death toll from the COVID-19 outbreak grew by four overnight to 24, as the number of known cases continued to rise. According to new figures posted on the Maine Center for Disease Control website, Maine has now had a total of 770 cases of the coronavirus, an increase of 32 since Tuesday.

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Families across Maine are facing a brand new challenge right now, with thousands of children being educated at home. And it's especially challenging for families of children with disabilities.