Customer Jan Smith holds his facemask in place while Ann Fouquette trims Smith's hair at Kilroy's Haircutters, Friday, May 1, 2020, in Brunswick, Maine. Gov. Janet Mills has allowed barber shops and some other businesses to reopen Friday under strict guidelines to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty | AP

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There have now been 1,123 confirmed coronavirus cases across all of Maine’s counties, according to Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Nirav Shah. That’s up from 1,095 on Thursday.

The latest deaths were a man in his 40s from Waldo County and a woman in her 80s from Cumberland County, bringing the statewide death toll to 55, Shah said.

[Our COVID-19 tracker contains the most recent information on Maine cases by county]

So far, 177 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, 37 people are currently hospitalized, with 17 in critical care and nine on ventilators, according to the Maine CDC.

Meanwhile, another 657 people have fully recovered from the coronavirus, meaning there are 411 active cases in the state. That’s unchanged since Thursday.

Here’s the latest on the coronavirus and its impact on Maine.

Maine is warning health care providers to use caution when interpreting the results of COVID-19 antibody test results, which are now available through some commercial laboratories. The Maine Center for Disease Control on Friday issued an alert stressing the antibody test’s limitations as they become more widely available.

—Amid criticism of her plan to reopen Maine’s economy from hospitality and other businesses, Gov. Janet Mills on Friday stood firm on allowing businesses to restart in stages over the next few months. Acknowledging that some people are frustrated and angry, she said she is proceeding in consultation with people and businesses, with public health as the first priority.

One of the people criticizing Mills’ reopening plan is Rick Savage, who owns the Sunday River Brewing Co. in Newry. He reopened his restaurant for dine-in service on Friday in defiance of Gov. Janet Mills’ executive order, and more than 100 people showed up to eat.

—Gov. Janet Mills announced on Tuesday that “cloth face coverings” must be worn, under certain circumstances, as part of her administration’s plan to reopen Maine. Her executive order released Wednesday offers some detail — here’s a look at where you’ll be required to wear a face covering, and when you won’t.

—Zucco’s Dog House in Hampden and Shear Attraction Salon in Bangor reopened for business Friday as part of the first phase of Gov. Janet Mills’ four-stage restart of the state’s economy after weeks of a broad shutdown. But they’re not running as they did before the coronavirus pandemic struck.

A COVID-19 outbreak at a Tyson Foods plant in Portland has forced the plant’s temporary closure this weekend. The eight cases of COVID-19 reported earlier this week made the Portland plant the site of the first outbreak in Maine outside of a health care setting. As of Friday, the number of confirmed cases at the plant had risen to 11. No coronavirus deaths have been traced to the plant, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sales of hard liquor in Maine have shot up by more than 15 percent since measures aimed at preventing the spread of the new coronavirus began forcing many Mainers to stay at home.

The platform Maine uses to manage unemployment benefits buckled under a surge in traffic on Friday as self-employed workers were eligible to file for benefits for the first time, while a legislator warned the system might not be working as intended. The Maine Department of Labor advised that applicants could file claims anytime before the end of the day Saturday and still receive benefits on time. The website, ReEmployMe, was slow to load Friday morning or told some users it was “temporarily unavailable.”

Bath Iron Works is asking workers to resume normal attendance at the shipyard as the state moves to gradually ease coronavirus-related restrictions. A spokesperson for the Bath shipyard told The Times Record that attendance has been 25 percent to 30 percent as of April’s end. Attendance fell as much as 60 percent in mid-March after it became public that a worker from the shipyard had tested positive for the new coronavirus.

— As of early Friday morning, the coronavirus has sickened 1,098,565 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 64,577 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.

— Elsewhere in New England, there have been 3,716 coronavirus deaths in Massachusetts, 2,339 in Connecticut, 279 in Rhode Island, 72 in New Hampshire and 50 in Vermont.

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