Another two Mainers have died, bringing the statewide death toll up to 34.
So far, 136 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, 46 people are currently in the hospital, with 18 in critical care units and nine on ventilators.
The Maine CDC reports that 393 people have fully recovered from the coronavirus, meaning there are 474 active cases in the state at this time.
Here’s the latest on the coronavirus and its impact in Maine.
— Thousands of Maine fishermen and others in the seafood sector could have qualified for pandemic relief through the Paycheck Protection Program, but many were, apparently, unable to access the benefits before the money ran out.
— President Donald Trump called U.S. Sen. Angus King “worse than any Democrat” on Saturday, a day after the Maine independent criticized his administration’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak on a call with Vice President Mike Pence.
— “The PPP was helping thousands of businesses, and it’s not helping anyone now. Lawmakers should focus on fixing the program’s flaws and refilling its tank, then get back to work on the next set of issues and the next piece of must-pass legislation,” writes Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times’ deputy editorial page editor, in today’s opinion column.
— Ashton Gardens Gracious Retirement Living in Portland has confirmed a cluster of COVID-19 cases with four residents testing positive for the virus.
— There is a demonstration planned for Monday in front of the Blaine House, protesting the governor’s orders to keep non-essential businesses closed.
— We hope you’re washing your hands, but what about your phone? Here’s how to clean the bundle of germs that is your phone.
—As of 7:30 a.m. Sunday, the coronavirus has sickened 735,287 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 39,090 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.
—Elsewhere in New England, there have been 36,372 cases and 1,560 deaths in Massachusetts; 17,550 cases and 1,086 deaths in Connecticut; 4,491 cases and 137 deaths in Rhode Island; 803 cases and 37 deaths in Vermont; and 1,342 cases and 38 deaths in New Hampshire, according to the New York Times.