Update: As news continues to develop today we will be sharing the latest information in our live blog. You can find it here.
As of 1 p.m. Friday, March 13, test results show that two Maine residents have tested presumptive positive for the coronavirus.
Here’s a roundup of the latest COVID-19 news in Maine and New England, as of 7:20 a.m. To read all of our coverage, click here.
— New details emerged Thursday night of the first person in Maine to test positive for the coronavirus. She is a Navy reservist in her 50s in Androscoggin County who recently traveled while on duty to a country where the virus is widespread.
— The state has tested a total of 86 people for the virus, including 65 whose samples came back negative and 20 whose results were still not available.
— The first positive test for the new coronavirus in Maine upended daily life for much of the state. “I don’t want to be dramatic,” said Courtney Sanders, who runs Daily Soup in downtown Belfast. “I’ve been afraid of coronavirus for weeks, but I feel that it just hit today.”
— UMaine students expressed confusion and frustration this week with the university’s decision to suspend in-person classes and ask students to leave campus within the next 10 days.
— Here’s what you need to know about social distancing, self-quarantine and self-isolation.
— House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that she and the Trump administration are close to agreement on a coronavirus aid package to reassure anxious Americans by providing sick pay, free testing and other resources.
— In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife tested positive for the coronavirus, his office announced Thursday evening.
— In California, Disneyland will close its doors for the rest of the month.
— 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 1,660 cases and 41 deaths from coronavirus as of Friday morning, 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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