Victor Dufour watches the traffic flow through Market Square on Wednesday in South Paris. Credit: Andree Kehn / Sun Journal via AP

Today is Thursday. Temperatures will be in the 70s with mostly sunny skies throughout the state. Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

The latest on the coronavirus

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported 65 more cases of COVID-19 across the state and another death on Wednesday. The death toll now stands at 899.

The U.S. has reported the highest number of new COVID-19 cases in the world over the last seven days, according to the World Health Organization. The U.S. saw 500,332 new cases (a 131 percent increase) the week ending July 25.

Meanwhile, a COVID-19 cluster in a small Cape Cod town has grown to more than 830 cases. Provincetown officials blame the outbreak on Fourth of July celebrations.

Janet Mills mirrors US CDC mask guidelines, but affected counties change quickly

In this July 13, 2021, file photo, Gov. Janet Mills speaks to reporters in her cabinet room in Augusta.

The policy change also recommends mask wearing for those who live with immunocompromised people and for students, staff and teachers in public schools, regardless of vaccination status.

See how your county compares with the CDC’s mask-wearing threshold

A shopper exits Shaw’s in Dover-Foxcroft on Wednesday.

If you’re confused by the Maine’s new mask guidelines, take a look at this graph.

What you need to know about Maine’s new mask guidelines

In this May 30, 2021, file photo, a group of tourists walk past an empty mask dispenser after getting treats at an ice cream shop in Bar Harbor.

The updated recommendations follow several weeks of increasing virus cases.

Maine businesses signal willingness to follow new state mask guidelines

Noah Hartley of Sebec dined outside at Peace, Love & Waffles restaurant in Dover-Foxcroft on Wednesday with his family. Hartley said he has continued wearing a mask even though he is vaccinated.

However, some recalled the stress among customers and staff that the governor’s mask mandate brought earlier in the pandemic.

Belfast event shows extremism is gaining traction in Maine

Attendees of the Arise USA event at the Crosby Center Tuesday night collected signatures for a proposed audit of the 2020 election in Maine.

The major difference between 10 years ago and now is that people feel emboldened to share racist or extremist thoughts.

Susan Collins calls initial vote for $1T infrastructure deal ‘a vitally important first step’

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, center, joined by, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, announces to reporters Wednesday that he and the other GOP negotiators have reached agreement on a $1 trillion infrastructure bill with Democrats and are ready to vote to take up the bill, at the Capitol in Washington.

“Our bill has an historic investment, not only in roads and bridges and airports and seaports and waterways and the electric grid, but also in broadband, and I’m very proud of what all of us have done.”

Angler uses old-school approach to catch an 18 1/2-pound trophy togue

Dean Ferris of Westbrook shows off the lake trout he caught on Saturday while fishing at Sebago Lake in Cumberland County.

The togue was by far his personal best: 38 1/2 inches, 18.58 pounds and 20 1/2 inches in girth.

In other Maine news

Eddington man who threatened to kill relative and pets gets 10 months in prison

York police chief placed on leave for ‘HR issue’

Milford man says mom is framing him in drug case

A post-apocalyptic mobile shake shack is coming to midcoast Maine

Apple Cinemas will reopen closed Westbrook and Saco movie theaters

Maine seaweed company expands as harvest jumps 12,000 percent over past 2 seasons

Maine lab gets $5M for research into using seaweed to cut down on cow burps

Portland wants help deciding how to spend COVID-19 relief money

Hannaford recalls store-produced baked goods over potential salmonella exposure

Leela Stockley

Leela Stockley is an alumna of the University of Maine. She was raised in northern Maine, and loves her cat Wesley and staying active in the Maine outdoors.