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As of 11 a.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.
Here’s the latest on the coronavirus and Maine.
— Coronavirus is confirmed to be spreading in Penobscot County through community transmission, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed on Friday. Two other Maine counties, Cumberland and York, also have confirmed community transmission.
— Gov. Janet Mills formally moved Maine’s June 9 primaries to July 14 on Friday and pushed back all election-related deadlines by a month on Friday.
—Several nursing homes and retirement communities in Maine have seen outbreaks in recent days. A Falmouth retirement community has 11 coronavirus cases, another in Belfast has 22 cases and a facility in Augusta has four cases.
— Here’s what we know about the Mainers who have tested positive for coronavirus.
— Two Maine men convicted of multiple charges in connection with the state’s most sophisticated marijuana growing operation have been released from federal prison, in part due to the coronavirus epidemic.
— The discovery that the coronavirus is spreading through three different long-term care communities in Maine has caused new concern among the staff, administrators and residents of similar facilities across the state.
— Due to a coronavirus-related drop in the number of cars and trucks on Maine roads, re-paving and bridge rehab crews now have more flexibility with when they can work, according to a state transportation official.
— A new law in Maine requires that cable providers must prorate charges when a customer disconnects service.
— U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., has fought to ensure houses of worship, along with nonprofits, were eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program, a federal initiative intended to keep small businesses afloat during stay-at-home orders.
— “There are several helpful tools that can help us all understand the basics — most importantly when to seek testing and treatment for COVID-19, how to take care of yourself and family members at home, and when to go to the hospital if you become seriously ill,” writes opinion guest columnist Dr. Lisa Letourneau, a clinical adviser at the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.
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— “The first line of oversight should come from Congress, but most members are at home because of coronavirus,” writes BDN’s editorial board in today’s editorial.
— Here’s what you need to know about wearing a mask in public during the virus outbreak.
-As of 7:30 a.m. Saturday, the coronavirus has sickened 501,615 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 18,777 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, 2,015 cases and 49 deaths in Rhode Island, 679 cases and 24 deaths in Vermont and 885 cases and 22 deaths in New Hampshire, according to the New York Times.
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