As of 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 15, seven Maine residents have been confirmed positive and five others are presumed positive for the coronavirus, according to the state. Click here for the latest coronavirus news, which the BDN has made free for the public. You can support this mission by purchasing a digital subscription.
Here’s a roundup of today’s COVID-19 news in Maine and New England, as of 7 a.m. To read all of our coverage, click here.
— Another Mainer has a presumptive positive test for the new coronavirus, state health officials said on Saturday.
— The state’s third presumptive positive case appeared in a woman in her 40s from Cumberland County. She had close household contact with another person with a presumptive positive test for the virus, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said.
— Two test results from a private lab also came back positive on Saturday but have not been confirmed by the CDC. Those so-called “preliminary presumptive positive” cases came from a lab affiliated with MaineHealth. There are now three such cases in Maine.
— Despite being in direct contact with people who later tested positive for coronavirus, President Donald Trump tested negative for the new coronavirus, according to the president’s personal physician.
— John Bapst Memorial High School was the first Bangor area school to close after two Mainers tested positive for the coronavirus earlier in the week. All on-campus classes are suspended and the building will be closed until April 27.
— Shortly afterward, the Bangor School Department announced it will close for two weeks beginning Monday.
— As more school cancellations come in, we’ll be gathering them here. You can also find the latest information regarding business closures, religious service cancellations, sports suspensions and event postponements. Is there a closure that’s not on our list? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add it.
— As ski resorts across the United States grappled with how to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, industry giants Vail Resorts and Alterra Mountain Company decided to close 34 ski resorts, including Attitash and Wildcat in New Hampshire.
— Internet, wireless, cable, water and other companies say they are suspending shutoffs for nonpayment during the coronavirus outbreak, with some adding extra services to help Mainers get by.
— Central Maine Healthcare officials said Saturday that the three-hospital system is postponing some elective surgeries and limiting access to buildings starting March 16.
— An elementary school student in Rhode Island tested positive for the coronavirus after getting an autograph from Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert.
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— 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 email@example.com.
— Nationwide, there are 2,752 cases and 59 deaths from the 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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