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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.


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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County jails in Maine have seen a 38 percent decline in their prison populations over the past several weeks, and the Maine State Prison system has had an eight percent drop, according to the latest figures on the Department of Corrections website.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control says it has received only a small fraction of its order for a new rapid test for COVID-19. The shortfall presents a new challenge for public health officials who had hoped to expand testing capacity for at-risk people and conserve personal protective equipment for health care workers.

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As the numbers of cases of COVID-19 rise in Maine, we hear from hospital representatives about what is being done to prepare facilities, equipment and health care workers to deal with the growing pandemic. 

Guests: Dr. John Alexander, chief quality officer for Central Maine Healthcare

Dr. James Jarvis, medical specialist, Incident Command, Northern Light Health at Eastern Maine Medical Center

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As of Thursday, 68 people in Maine have been hospitalized for COVID-19.

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Maine Center for Disease Control Director Nirav Shah says the federal government has shipped what could be the state’s last shipment of personal protective equipment, or PPE, for health care workers.

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State officials have been reminding Mainers that the worst of the coronavirus outbreak is still to come.

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In Maine, as in most other parts of the country, there's a limited supply of tests for COVID-19. That's forcing health care providers to reserve testing for the most high-risk patients, under new guidelines by the state Center for Disease Control. In the meantime, some Mainers who have been tested say they are waiting days for results that were initially expected within 24 hours.

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In the past week, the number of cases of COVID-19 in Maine has climbed from one to 52.

With another jump in the number of COVID-19 cases reported by the Maine CDC Thursday, Gov. Janet Mills is urging the federal government to provide more testing supplies and personal protection equipment, or PPE, to health care providers.

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As the number of cases of COVID-19 in Maine climbs, and the need for testing increases, some health care providers say the state does not have enough protective equipment to meet the demand. It's a challenge that extends nationwide, with no easy solution.