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As of 5:30 p.m. Saturday, there are now 616 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus spread across 15 of Maine’s counties, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Of those total patients, 114 have been hospitalized at some point during their illness and 256 have recovered.
The death toll from the virus in Maine has increased to 19.
The only county without a confirmed case is Piscataquis.
— The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported two new deaths on Saturday, bringing the number of Mainers who have died of COVID-19 to 19 so far. Maine has 616 cases of the coronavirus as of late Saturday morning, an increase of 30 cases. The two deaths from COVID-19 reported today were a man in his 80s from York County and a woman in her 70s from Cumberland County.
—Several nursing homes and retirement communities in Maine have seen outbreaks in recent days. A resident at a Portland assisted living facility has tested positive for the coronavirus, making it the fourth long term care facility in Maine to have at least one resident test positive. A Falmouth retirement community has 11 coronavirus cases, another in Belfast has 22 cases and a facility in Augusta has four cases.
— A member of the Maine Air National Guard who lives out of state tested positive for COVID-19, officials said Saturday.
— Three residents and six staff members at the Maine Veterans’ Homes facility in Scarborough tested positive for the coronavirus. One person who tested positive has died.
— Here’s what we know about the Mainers who have tested positive for coronavirus.
— Gov. Janet Mills recognized the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy and other magical creatures as “performers of essential services”
— “COVID-19 could turn Maine’s jails, prisons and youth detention centers into death traps and place greater stress on our health care infrastructure if our government fails to act swiftly,” writes journalist Brian Sonenstein of Portland in today’s opinion guest column.
— In need of a grocery shopping trip but don’t want to go out? This can help.
— The coronavirus pandemic that has crippled big-box retailers and mom and pop shops worldwide may be making a dent in illicit business, too.
— President Donald Trump suggests he may ‘hold’ $500M meant for the World Health Organization.
— States are now turning to each other, private industries and anyone who can donate in a desperate bid to get protective gear to front-line workers.
— Do you have questions about the coronavirus? Ask us here.
-As of 4:30 p.m. Saturday, the coronavirus has sickened 522,286 people in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Island, as well as caused 20,283 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.
—Elsewhere in New England, there have been 20,974 cases and 599 deaths in Massachusetts, 10,538 cases and 448 deaths in Connecticut, 2,349 cases and 56 deaths in Rhode Island, 711 cases and 25 deaths in Vermont and 885 cases and 22 deaths in New Hampshire, according to the New York Times.