As of Tuesday, there have been 888 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in all of Maine’s counties, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The statewide death toll now stands at 36. The latest death involved a resident of Cumberland County, the Maine CDC reports.
So far, 139 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, 40 people are currently hospitalized, with 16 in critical care and eight on ventilators, according to the Maine CDC.
Meanwhile, another 443 people have fully recovered from it, meaning there are 409 active cases in the state.
Here’s the latest on the coronavirus and its impact in Maine.
— The Maine CDC will provide an update on the coronavirus at 2 p.m. The BDN will livestream the briefing.
— On the 37th day after the city issued a stay-at-home order, the owner of one of the Old Port’s most popular watering holes is behind the bar. Instead of pouring drinks, he’s selling rolls of toilet paper and weighing flour. On top of the largest selection of beer in the state, patrons of Novare Res Bier Cafe can now buy common kitchen goods like flour and yeast, novelties like local ice cream and fancy versions of Slim Jims, plus personal protective equipment like sterile gloves, disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer.
— More than 50 guests attended Heather and Bryan Orr’s sunset wedding overlooking Willard Beach on Sunday — but only four people were there. A celebrant led them through their vows, a photographer snapped visual keepsakes and two legal witnesses — required by Maine law — made it official. Everyone else watched on Facebook Live. It’s a sign of the times. With the raging coronavirus pandemic, the couple could not have a traditional ceremony with live guests mingling, dancing and carrying on.
— Lower-profile candidates in Maine’s U.S. Senate race are looking for ways to stand out after the coronavirus upended traditional campaign activities and shifted attention away from what is expected to be one of the most competitive races in the nation this year. Now that door-to-door canvassing, voter meet-and-greets and in-person town halls have been replaced with online petitions and video conferencing forums, candidates with fewer resources have shifted their voter contact strategies — while arguing that the health care and economic crises created by the coronavirus give more fuel to progressive ideas like Medicare for all.
— A new rule from the federal government that will require nursing homes to share news of coronavirus cases with residents and family members highlights the wide range of communicativeness residents and their families have encountered as the homes have become some of the most common sites of virus outbreaks.
— Maine public health officials have sent a machine to Bangor that provides rapid test results for the novel coronavirus in an effort to prevent an outbreak after someone who stayed at a city homeless shelter tested positive. After learning of the case, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention sent the Abbott Laboratories testing equipment — consisting of a processing device and a kit that can test 23 patients at a time, providing results in under 15 minutes — to Penobscot Community Health Care, which oversees the shelter, according to Maine CDC spokesperson Robert Long.
— A $483 billion coronavirus aid package flew through the Senate on Tuesday after Congress and the White House reached a deal to replenish a small-business payroll fund and provided new money for hospitals and testing. Passage was swift and unanimous, despite opposition from conservative Republicans. President Donald Trump tweeted his support, pledging to sign it into law. It now goes to the House, with votes set for Thursday.
— As of early Wednesday morning, the coronavirus has sickened 826,306 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 45,075 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.
— Elsewhere in New England, there have been 1,961 coronavirus deaths in Massachusetts, 1,423 in Connecticut, 171 in Rhode Island, 42 in New Hampshire and 40 in Vermont.