As of 1 p.m. Friday, March 13, test results show that two Maine residents have tested presumptive positive for the coronavirus. Click here for the latest coronavirus news, which the BDN has made free for the public. You can support this mission by purchasing a digital subscription.
Here’s a roundup of today’s COVID-19 news in Maine and New England, as of 6 p.m. To read all of our coverage, click here.
— President Donald Trump declared a national emergency at a Friday afternoon press conference, allocating $50 billion to state and local governments to respond to the outbreak.
— Sen. Susan Collins criticized the way Donald Trump has handled the coronavirus outbreak, urging Trump to take a ‘step back.’
— A Portland City Hall employee tested positive for the coronavirus. City Hall will close as a result, and 30 people are quarantined. This brings the presumptive positive cases in Maine to two.
— The Maine CDC said that roughly half of all Maine adults are at risk of developing serious diseases if they contract COVID-19.
— With campus closed early, University of Maine seniors organized an early commencement ceremony. The BDN’s Hailey Bryant, a UMaine student who took part, explains why.
— The Cross Insurance Center in Bangor will be closed to the public until further notice, canceling events such as The America East Championship Game Viewing Party, The Harlem Globetrotters, Gabriel Iglesias and Baby Shark Live.
— Elder care facilities across the state are limiting and, in some cases, banning visitors to protect residents.
— Maine correctional facilities are restricting movement of inmates and limiting visitors.
— Maine farmers markets are taking steps to keep their customers safe throughout the pandemic.
— Federal jury trials in Maine have been suspended.
— The K-8 Indian Township School will close down for two weeks, a move that has mostly been limited to higher education.
— Many travelers who have plans to fly out of Bangor International Airport can change flights for free. Otherwise, operations there remain largely unchanged.
— The Boston Marathon has been postponed until Sept. 14.
— Bates College in Lewiston joined several other Maine universities in moving its classes online.
— According to experts, the shortages of hand sanitizer, toilet paper and cleaning supplies should be temporary.
— Your phone is a breeding ground for germs, but washing it incorrectly can cause damage. Here’s the proper way to disinfect your phone.
— Do you think you have symptoms of the coronavirus? Here’s what to do next.
— Nationwide, there are 1,875 cases and 41 deaths from coronavirus as of Thursday evening, according to The New York Times.
This map shows the latest number of positive test results for the coronavirus, by state.
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