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There have now been 1,123 confirmed coronavirus cases across all of Maine’s counties, according to Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Nirav Shah.
The latest deaths were a man in his 40s from Waldo County and a woman in her 80s from Cumberland County, bringing the statewide death toll to 55, Shah said.
So far, 177 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, 37 people are currently hospitalized, with 17 in critical care and nine on ventilators, according to the Maine CDC.
Meanwhile, another 657 people have fully recovered from the coronavirus, meaning there are 411 active cases in the state. That’s unchanged since Thursday.
Here’s the latest on the coronavirus and its impact on Maine.
—The University of Maine athletics department is taking a $150,000 hit in lost revenue resulting from the cancellation of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament. UMaine athletics director Ken Ralph said the development is significant, but he expects the department to deal with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic reasonably well.
—The process of contact tracing — interviewing a sick person to gain an understanding of how they became infected — will be more important than ever in the coming weeks, as the state embarks on a phased reopening process that began Friday. Case counts in the coming months and where they arise will play a direct role in how the reopening continues, public officials said this week.
—Rick Savage, the co-owner of Sunday River Brewing Co. in Newry who defied state orders by opening his doors to diners on Friday afternoon, has lost his state health and liquor licenses. The restaurant has made posts on its social media accounts stating that it will be closed until further notice.
—In an effort to help support the local economy during the global COVID-19 pandemic, a local church has organized a weekly bulk purchase from a local lobsterman. The program, now entering its fifth week at St. Francis by the Sea, is part of a broader movement among Mainers to support local businesses while measures aimed at preventing the spread of the disease have forced many retailers to shut down for several weeks, with many facing several more weeks of closure. The program also reflects efforts by local food and beverage producers to stay in business by delivering their product directly to customers.
— What does a summer without fireworks and baseball even look like? In Maine’s all-too-brief summer season, we measure the passage of time by events. Memorial Day. High school graduation. Concerts and plays. Pride events, both big and small. State fairs, and festivals celebrating lobster, clams, whoopie pies, potato blossoms and strawberries. For 2020, almost all of the above have been canceled, in every city, town and unorganized territory from Lubec to Lewiston, for June and July and even into August, as efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus continue.
— As of Friday, the coronavirus has sickened 1,104,161 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 65,068 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.
— Elsewhere in New England, there have been 3,716 coronavirus deaths in Massachusetts, 2,339 in Connecticut, 279 in Rhode Island, 72 in New Hampshire and 50 in Vermont.
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