• Maine August 24, 2021 10:31 am

    Maine Has Vaccinated 95% of People in Their 70s for COVID-19

    Maine health officials have reported that 95% of state residents who are in their 70s have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. Maine is one of the oldest states in the country, and it also has one of the highest rates of COVID-19 vaccination. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday that 95% of the more than…

  • mask mandate April 27, 2021 4:42 pm

    Maine Ends Outdoor Mask Mandate

    Masks will still be required indoors within the state.

  • Maine March 23, 2021 7:13 pm

    Everyone Age 50 and Older Eligible for COVID-19 Shot in Maine

    Maine expanded eligibility for the coronavirus vaccine to everyone age 50 and older on Tuesday. The state is using age-based tiers to apportion the limited number of coronavirus vaccines it has access to. Everyone age 16 and older will come eligible on April 19. The office of Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, said more than 580,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines…

  • coronavirus vaccine February 25, 2021 4:44 pm

    Walgreens Offering Vaccinations in Maine

    Mainers are able to get their vaccine shots at Walgreens starting on Thursday.

  • coronavirus January 28, 2021 3:32 pm

    Gov. Mills Ends Early Business Closing Times in Maine

    Maine Gov. Janet Mills announced Thursday that she will end the 9 p.m. early closing time for businesses effective Monday, Feb. 1 due to a decline in the state’s COVID-19 positivity rate. Beginning Monday, businesses that had been subject to the requirement can resume evening operating hours, as long as they follow the state’s remaining public health and safety...

  • Susan Collins January 25, 2021 11:16 am

    Collins Raises Concerns About Biden's COVID Relief Package

    Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins says the Biden administration’s coronavirus relief package needs to be refined before she can sign on to it. Collins and Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, led a conference call for lawmakers with National Economics Director Brian Deese. Collins said late Sunday that she has concerns about the $1.9 trillion plan. “While I support…

  • Gov. Janet Mills December 23, 2020 1:08 pm

    Maine Sends Payment to Workers Left Jobless by Virus

    Democratic Gov. Janet Mills authorized the payment, which differs from financial relief Americans are set to receive in the new federal coronavirus relief package. The Maine Department of Labor distributed the state payments to about 40,000 people on Monday. The state used $25.2 million in federal coronavirus aid to make the payments. Mills has said the payments differ from unemployment…

  • Maine December 16, 2020 6:43 pm

    Day After First Vaccine Shots, Maine Tops 500 COVID Infections

    A day after Maine hospitals began providing the first Pfizer vaccines to health care workers, the state topped 500 new daily COVID-19 infections for the first time during the pandemic on Wednesday.

  • coronavirus in maine December 16, 2020 6:12 pm

    Maine Tops 500 Infections in 1 Day After First Vaccine Shots

    Maine topped 500 new daily COVID-19 infections for the first time during the pandemic on Wednesday, a day after hospitals began providing the first Pfizer vaccines to health care workers. Major hospital groups began receiving and administering the vaccines to at least 475 people in the state earlier this week. The first Mainer to receive the vaccine on Tuesday was…

  • Maine November 13, 2020 3:44 pm

    CDC Says Maine Wedding Outbreak Shows Need to Avoid Gatherings

    A wave of coronavirus cases that hit Maine after a wedding is a case study in why it’s important to avoid gathering amid the pandemic, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report about the deadly outbreak. The outbreak, based around an August wedding and reception in the Millinocket area, killed at least seven people...

  • coronavirus in maine October 9, 2020 11:31 am

    Youth Hockey Ref May Have Exposed Hundreds to Coronavirus in Maine, Officials Say

    A referee who was on the ice for eight games over two days could’ve exposed hundreds of youth hockey players to the coronavirus in Maine and New Hampshire, officials said Thursday. The state is still getting a handle on the situation, but as many as 400 people could’ve been exposed to the virus, said Dr. Nirav Shah, director of...

  • coronavirus October 5, 2020 4:27 pm

    Pandemic Expected to Cost Maine's Hospitality Industry $1B

    Maine hotels, restaurants and bars will lose $1 billion in direct taxable revenue in 2020 compared to last year because of the pandemic, an industry report says. The University of Maine study commissioned by the industry group HospitalityMaine finds that hospitality industry is expected to contribute roughly $3 billion in direct taxable revenue to the Maine economy, down from $4…

  • coronavirus in maine October 3, 2020 9:45 am

    Median Age of Coronavirus Sufferers Trends Downward in Maine

    The median age of people who contract the coronavirus in the state of Maine is trending downward. The median age was 51.3 from March through the end of May, and it dipped to 41.4 for the months of June through September, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention director Nirav Shah said Thursday. He said one of the reasons for…

  • coronavirus in maine September 22, 2020 8:05 pm

    Maine Warns of Potential Coronavirus Exposure at Airport

    The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is alerting travelers who recently passed through Portland International Jetport that they may have been exposed to COVID-19. On Monday, the agency issued a statement saying that anyone at the jetport between 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20, should monitor for coronavirus symptoms. The jetport on Tuesday added to…

  • coronavirus September 20, 2020 4:54 pm

    8th Coronavirus Death Tied to Wedding in Maine

    An eighth death has been linked to a coronavirus outbreak stemming from a wedding and reception in the northern part of Maine. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Saturday that the man who died was in his 80s and from Somerset County. The wedding at the Tri Town Baptist Church in East Millinocket and reception at the…

  • coronavirus September 16, 2020 2:17 pm

    Here's Why Officials Say 1 Wedding Could Undo Maine's Coronavirus Fight

    A rural church wedding and reception on a beautiful day in the shadow of Mount Katahdin was no doubt a happy day. But it has spread misery ever since. That single event on Aug. 7 is linked to outbreaks in at least two other locations in Maine, with more than 170 people contracting the virus and seven deaths since. Dr….

  • Maine September 15, 2020 11:58 pm

    Virus Death Toll Linked to Maine Wedding Grows to 7

    At least seven people have died in connection to a coronavirus outbreak that continues to sicken people in Maine following a wedding reception held over the summer that violated state virus guidelines, public health authorities said. The August wedding reception at the Big Moose Inn in Millinocket is linked to more than 175 confirmed cases of the virus, the Maine…

  • COVID-19 September 9, 2020 1:39 pm

    Maine No Closer to Easing Travel Restrictions on Massachusetts. Here's Why

    Public health officials in Maine are continuing to monitor the spread of coronavirus in other states, and they are no closer to easing travel restrictions put in place because of the virus. Maine requires travelers from other states to produce a negative coronavirus test or quarantine for two weeks. It exempted New Hampshire and Vermont from those requirements in late…

  • coronavirus in maine September 3, 2020 2:47 pm

    Maine Gov. Mills Extends Civil Emergency Order for the 6th Time

    Democratic Gov. Janet Mills on Wednesday extended a state of emergency for a sixth time during the pandemic. In a statement, Mills urged Mainers not to let “pandemic fatigue” allow them to become complacent, especially as students are returning to schools and universities across the state. “The outbreaks which we hear about in other states every day can sometimes feel…

  • coronavirus outbreak August 31, 2020 6:23 pm

    Maine Church Connected to COVID-19 Outbreak Under Investigation

    An outbreak of COVID-19 among people affiliated with a church in Sanford, Maine, is under investigation by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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