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March 15 live blog: The latest on coronavirus and Maine

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 are answers to questions from BDN readers about the new coronavirus

— Do you have questions about the coronavirus? Ask us here.

— Here’s what has been canceled or postponed in Maine due to coronavirus

— Interactive map: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in each state


Lindsay Putnam
March 15, 20207:34 pm

Read the full declaration of civil state of emergency here:

Read Janet Mills’ state of emergency declaration due to coronavirus


Lindsay Putnam
March 15, 20207:34 pm

Read the full story here:

Janet Mills declares state of emergency after Maine announces new coronavirus cases


Lindsay Putnam
March 15, 20207:31 pm

“We are not ready to shut down the restaurant scene in Maine or the bars,” says Mills.


Lindsay Putnam
March 15, 20207:21 pm

“Community transmission will continue to spread across the state of Maine.” — Shah


Lindsay Putnam
March 15, 20207:21 pm

Shah says we now have evidence of community transmission in Cumberland County. At least one of these cases resulted from an infection that cannot be linked to travel or importation from another infected part of the country. The individual most likely acquired the infection within the state of Maine.


Lindsay Putnam
March 15, 20207:12 pm

Janet Mills has declared a civil state of emergency in Maine related to the coronavirus.


Lindsay Putnam
March 15, 20207:11 pm

–Mills recommends enhancing social distancing measures. All events with 50 people are more postponed until further notice. Gatherings of more than 10 people, especially senior, are also postponed. “Social distancing is still the most effective strategy to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”


Lindsay Putnam
March 15, 20207:10 pm

–Mills recommends all nursing homes immediately restrict all visitors and non-essential personnel, except for certain end of life situations.


Lindsay Putnam
March 15, 20207:09 pm

–Mills recommends all hospital systems and health care providers postpone all elective surgeries and medical appointments.


Lindsay Putnam
March 15, 20207:08 pm

Recommendations from Janet Mills:
–Public schools end classroom instruction as soon as possible for the time being. Maine DOE has received a waiver to provide meals offsite to students.


Lindsay Putnam
March 15, 20207:07 pm

“The numbers are likely to increase, let’s be real,” says Janet Mills.


Lindsay Putnam
March 15, 20207:07 pm

2 cases include a man in his 80s and his wife at a retirement community in Falmouth. The staff, patients and families of the community have been notified and are taking precautions.


Lindsay Putnam
March 15, 20207:06 pm

This is the first case of someone in Maine under 18 testing positive


Lindsay Putnam
March 15, 20207:06 pm

One of the cases is a boy under the age of 18, according to Janet Mills


Natalie Williams
March 15, 20204:57 pm


Natalie Williams
March 15, 20204:57 pm


Rosemary Lausier
March 15, 20204:35 pm

BREAKING: State health officials said Sunday that seven previous positive tests for coronavirus have been confirmed by U.S. health officials. 
Read it here: 

7 Mainers are confirmed positive for coronavirus


Natalie Williams
March 15, 20203:09 pm

Anthony Fauci says Americans must be prepared to hunker down more


Natalie Williams
March 15, 20202:20 pm


Natalie Williams
March 15, 20202:14 pm


Natalie Williams
March 15, 20202:12 pm

4 Maine ski areas to suspend operations Sunday in response to coronavirus spread


Natalie Williams
March 15, 20202:11 pm


Natalie Williams
March 15, 20202:10 pm

You can watch Ellsworth’s emergency meeting about the coronavirus here:


Natalie Williams
March 15, 20202:09 pm


Natalie Williams
March 15, 20202:08 pm


Natalie Williams
March 15, 20202:03 pm


Natalie Williams
March 15, 20201:47 pm

Update: It is not expected to be controversial in the Legislature. Greg Dugal, director of government affairs for Hospitality Maine, an advocacy group for the hotel and restaurant industry, said his group is “100 percent” supportive of the efforts as moves that will enable smaller firms to make payroll or allow employees to be paid during stoppages.

Janet Mills wants to allow Maine workers affected by coronavirus to collect unemployment


Dan MacLeod
March 15, 20201:44 pm

Maine’s Catholic schools are closing through “at least” March 29, according to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. 
Here’s the list: 
 
All Saints School (St. John Campus/St. Mary Campus) in Bangor
Cheverus High School in Portland
Holy Cross School in South Portland 
Mount Merici Academy in Waterville
St. Brigid School in Portland
Saint Dominic Academy (Auburn Campus/Lewiston Campus) 
St. James School in Biddeford
St. John’s Catholic School in Brunswick
St. John Regional Catholic School in Winslow 
St. Michael School in Augusta
St. Thomas School in Sanford.


Natalie Williams
March 15, 20201:36 pm

With no March Madness due to virus, fans go without anticipated brackets


Natalie Williams
March 15, 20201:16 pm

Here’s what we know about the cases in Maine in reverse chronological order, based on what officials have said about the people so far. 

Read it here:

What we know about the 3 Mainers who have tested positive for coronavirus


Natalie Williams
March 15, 20201:08 pm

New Hampshire to suspend legislature for a week due to virus


Natalie Williams
March 15, 202012:28 pm

But more importantly, here are answers to readers’ questions. Including why everyone is hoarding toilet paper. 

Why Mainers are hoarding toilet paper and other answers to BDN readers’ COVID-19 questions


Natalie Williams
March 15, 202012:28 pm

Do you have questions about the coronavirus? Ask us here: 

Do you have questions about the coronavirus? Ask us here.


Natalie Williams
March 15, 202012:15 pm

Bored today? Try these activities: 

Self-quarantined and stuck inside? Here are 5 things you can try.


Natalie Williams
March 15, 202011:48 am

First Arookstook County schools announce closures amid coronavirus concerns


Natalie Williams
March 15, 202011:27 am

Happy 200th birthday to Maine, but virus zaps the party


Natalie Williams
March 15, 202010:59 am

Janet Mills wants to allow Maine workers affected by coronavirus to collect unemployment


Natalie Williams
March 15, 202010:58 am

What we know about the 3 Mainers who have tested positive for coronavirus


Natalie Williams
March 15, 202010:37 am

How coronavirus could affect campaigns and voter registration in Maine


Natalie Williams
March 15, 202010:33 am

Good morning. Here’s the latest on the coronavirus and Maine:

March 15 morning update: Latest on the coronavirus and Maine

Follow along today for all the updates on the virus outbreak in the state. 


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