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There have now been 1,023 confirmed coronavirus cases across all of Maine’s counties, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 1,015 on Sunday.
The statewide death toll stands at 51. The latest death involved a man in his 70s from Kennebec County.
So far, 161 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, 39 people are currently hospitalized, with 16 in critical care and seven on ventilators, according to the Maine CDC.
Meanwhile, another 549 people have fully recovered from the coronavirus, meaning there are 423 active cases in the state. That’s down from 433 on Sunday.
Here’s the latest on the coronavirus and its impact on Maine.
— Gov. Janet Mills suggested on Monday that she might reduce restrictions on businesses when a stay-at-home order expires at the end of April, but she told Mainers to “stay the course” on public health measures aimed at slowing the coronavirus. Mills told reporters she was likely to extend parts of a stay-at-home order in effect through Thursday. She signaled a shift by saying some restrictions might be lifted gradually based on whether workplaces can “conduct business safely” and not whether businesses are considered “essential, saying she would announce a plan for extending the order on Tuesday.
— Maine residents who have legal questions about how they are being impacted by the coronavirus pandemic can get free answers from the website, maine.freelegalanswers.org, staffed by the Volunteer Lawyers Project.
—Calls placed to the Northern New England Poison Center from people’s homes have increased, according to Karen Simone, a toxicologist who runs the center at Maine Medical Center in Portland, but they do not appear to be a result of President Trump’s suggestion Friday that ingesting certain household cleaners can keep people from getting the disease. Rather, the increase seems to stem in part from more intense home cleaning efforts aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, she said, and the occasional mishaps that result.
—Over the past weeks, Maine’s classic dairy bars and artisan ice cream purveyors have been opening up shop in a dramatically altered world where face masks, hand sanitizer and social distancing are the rules of the day. For most, a takeout window means opening for business is a bit easier in the time of coronavirus, when many operations have had to install plex-glass barriers between customers and cashiers.
—The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s headquarters reopened Monday after a coronavirus exposure briefly shuttered the headquarters of the agency responsible for leading the state response to the pandemic.
— Bowdoin College in Brunswick is facing down a loss of more than $8 million due to the new coronavirus. The Times Record reports that the hit is coming primarily from room-and-board refunds after the college opted to not have students return after spring break, making it one of the first Maine universities to close its campus in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
—Before her double-lung transplant, Joanne Mellady of Boston could barely put on a shirt without losing her breath. Afterward, she barely stopped moving. Mellady died of the coronavirus in March 2020, highlighting the vulnerability of organ transplant recipients to the virus.
—The eagerly anticipated second round of federal stimulus loans aimed at helping small businesses pay employees during the coronavirus outbreak rolled out on Monday, when the system processing loans almost immediately came to a halt before it began working again sluggishly several hours later. Within minutes of opening to applications at 10:30 a.m., the U.S. Small Business Administration’s E-Tran loan processing system went down, and started working again around noon, according to spokespeople from Camden National Bank and Bangor Savings Bank.
— As of early Monday morning, the coronavirus has sickened 980,008 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 55,637 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.
— Elsewhere in New England, there have been 3,003 coronavirus deaths in Massachusetts, 1,924 in Connecticut, 233 in Rhode Island, 60 in New Hampshire and 47 in Vermont.
Watch: State labor commissioner speaks to unemployed Mainers