As of noon Thursday, March 12, test results show that one Mainer has tested presumptive positive for the coronavirus.
Here’s a roundup of the latest COVID-19 news in Maine and New England, as of 6:30 p.m. To read all of our coverage, click here.
— The first Maine person to test positive for the new coronavirus is a Navy reservist who traveled for that role in a country where the virus is widespread. The COVID-19 virus was detected in a woman in her 50s in Androscoggin County, Gov. Janet Mills announced Thursday.
— The state had tested a total of 86 people for the virus, including 65 whose samples came back negative and 20 whose results were still not available.
— Mills on Thursday recommended postponing gatherings of more than 250 people for at least 30 days.
— Colby College joined the University of Maine System and Bowdoin College in moving to remote classes for the remainder of the semester. The College of the Atlantic will also close its dorms and switch to online learning for the spring semester.
— Maine’s seven community colleges and Husson University are extending their spring breaks from one week to two weeks.
— The UMaine System will partially refund students for room and board with students working remotely.
— Meanwhile, no public elementary, middle or high schools in Maine have announced or anticipated closures. Here’s why their approaches differ.
— However, Bangor area high schools are canceling large gatherings due to the coronavirus.
— The Maine Legislature will close galleries where the public can watch floor sessions and end tours amid concerns about the coronavirus, but lawmakers will continue to meet and the State House will remain open, legislative leaders announced on Thursday.
— The Maine Red Claws professional basketball team is going on hiatus because of the coronavirus.
— The Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show, Portland’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Statehood Day celebration and three Waterfront Concerts have all been canceled or rescheduled. Here’s a list of everything that’s been canceled throughout the state.
— The Maine CDC set up a coronavirus hotline. The hotline is available by calling 211 or 1-866-811-5695. It can also be reached by texting your zipcode to 898-211 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Nationwide, there are 1,504 cases and 39 deaths from coronavirus as of Thursday evening, according to The New York Times.
This map shows the latest number of positive test results for the coronavirus, by state.
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