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There are now 499 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus spread across 15 Maine counties, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
No new deaths were reported Monday, leaving the total loss of life at 10. Additionally, 92 Maine residents who have been hospitalized with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, while another 158 people have fully recovered from it, according to the Maine CDC.
Here’s the latest on the coronavirus and its impact in Maine.
—Only one county — Piscataquis — has no confirmed cases of the virus, though it is likely there. The lack of confirmed cases is likely the result of the county’s low population density and the limited testing for the virus that has obscured the full extent of the coronavirus outbreak.
— A member of the Maine State Police has tested positive for COVID-19. The member’s duty included work at the Maine Turnpike Weigh Station in York, along the northbound lanes. Upon receiving notice Saturday morning, the station was immediately closed and has undergone a thorough cleaning by experts in the mitigation of COVID-19. It was expected to reopen by the end of the day on Monday, according to the Maine Department of Public Safety.
—As health care workers remain on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, a Lewiston hospital is giving quarantined employees their “regular pay” instead of requiring them to use their own sick and vacation time should they be exposed to the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
—Bangor Schools, responding to parents overwhelmed by homeschooling and the grading involved, have moved to a simpler pass-fail system for all take-home work.
—With most folks staying at home, police across the state are approaching their jobs differently. One police chief in Damariscotta said during a Zoom meeting Wednesday that Gov. Janet Mills’ stay-at-home order presents an opportunity for the department to educate residents about coronavirus prevention.
—The novel coronavirus affects animals as well as people. In response to a growing concern that COVID-19 could be transmitted from humans to wildlife, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has decided to take extra precautions while handling wild animals and will temporarily cease handling any bats for research.
— As of Monday morning, the coronavirus has sickened at least 356,942 people in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as caused 10,689 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
— Elsewhere in New England, the virus has killed 260 people in Massachusetts, 206 in Connecticut, 27 in Rhode Island, 23 in Vermont and nine in New Hampshire.
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