Snow falls over downtown Bangor on Sunday. Credit: Natalie Williams / BDN

Today is Monday. Temperatures will be in the high 20s to mid-30s from north to south, with mostly sunny skies throughout the state. Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

Here’s the latest on the coronavirus in Maine

Another 221 coronavirus cases have been reported across the state, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. There are now 3,401 active confirmed and “probable” cases in the state, while the death toll remains at 227. Sunday marked the first time in a week when Maine didn’t see at least one new death. Check out our COVID-19 Tracker for more information.

Gov. Janet Mills has extended curfews for certain businesses into the first days of 2021 as coronavirus cases continued to climb across the state. That requires all indoor and outdoor amusement venues, restaurants, casinos and movie theaters to close by 9 p.m.

The sheriff fired him. Then the police chief fired him. Each time he kept his license as a cop.

In 2013, a father called police to report that an off-duty officer had struck his teenage son in the face. The officer, Scott Francis, pleaded not guilty. The Clinton Police Department still fired him, three years after the Washington County Sheriff’s Office had also fired him.

A troubling portrait of the officer also existed in civil court, where a judge acknowledged Francis had abused his ex-wife. The history was relevant to another agency that looked into Francis after his arrest: the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, which oversees the certification of all Maine police and corrections officers.

Francis’ assault case fell under the academy’s purview because it mainly penalizes officers accused of criminal behavior. The broader implications of Francis’ treatment of others, such as whether he had engaged in conduct unbecoming of a police officer, weren’t a basis for punishment by the academy. It can’t decertify officers for cruelty, moral depravity or human rights’ violations.

After the district attorney dropped the criminal case against Francis, saying it had insufficient evidence to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt, the academy did, too. Francis kept his certification.

Looking back, people questioned whether the academy has enough authority to sanction officers for misconduct that is difficult to prove as a crime but may still betray law enforcement’s code of ethics.

Janet Mills tests negative for coronavirus after exposure from infected security staffer

In this Sept. 10, 2020, file photo, Gov. Janet Mills is seen at the State House in Augusta. Credit: Natalie Williams / BDN Credit: Natalie Williams / BDN

The governor’s office announced the negative test result late Saturday afternoon, using the announcement to credit mask-wearing — by both Mills and the security team member — for preventing the infection.

Penobscot County cases grew faster than all but 1 other county’s in recent weeks

In this Nov. 18, 2020, file photo, Jeff Wallace (right), director of code enforcement for the city of Bangor, speaks with Papa John’s assistant manager about enforcing coronavirus safety guidelines. Credit: Natalie Williams / BDN Credit: Natalie Williams / BDN

After going most of the pandemic with new and active daily infections below the statewide rates, Penobscot County saw both of those numbers top the state’s in late November. They have remained elevated as outbreaks have flared up at an assisted living facility in Bangor and at public schools in Bangor, Brewer and Newport.

Mainers aren’t staying home as much as they did in the spring

A masked woman cross an Old Port crosswalk in Portland’s Old Port on Thursday. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

As the landscape of the coronavirus outbreak has changed, so have Mainers’ habits. But people are making more trips outside the home compared to the start of the pandemic, when case counts were lower but economic restrictions were tighter.

Bangor fire victim who spent adult life fighting schizophrenia was ‘so much more than his illness’

Christopher Pickering died in a fire in his Bangor apartment on Nov. 12. Credit: Courtesy of Joe Pickering Jr.

Christopher Pickering seemed to be “declining” even more rapidly this year as the pandemic made it harder to access community services.

At St. Joseph Hospital, art deliveries have been lifting patients’ moods

Deb Dall (left) and Mary Hollister, St. Joe’s Healing Arts Commission, begin hanging a new art exhibition by local artist Nina Jerome in the lobby of St. Joseph Family Medicine at 900 Broadway on Friday. Credit: Linda Coan O’Kresik / BDN

The art is not only therapeutic, but often educational or thought-provoking.

Acadia’s October visits were higher this year, after 6 months with fewer people

In this Oct. 25, 2020, file photo, a group of masked hikers descend the backside of The Beehive after hiking up the steep south face of the mountain. Credit: Bill Trotter / BDN

The increase may be a silver lining for some area tourism businesses, many of which have struggled as the pandemic has reduced foot traffic through their doors and resulted in the cancellation of Bar Harbor’s 2020 cruise ship season, which typically brings hundreds of thousands of tourists to Mount Desert Island every fall.

You can wear your sweats when working from home. But dressing up can boost your morale.

Working from home is no reason to not dress up for the day. Taking the time to pull some good clothes out and putting together just the right outfit can be a real morale boost. Credit: Julia Bayly / BDN

There’s a real temptation to reach for a pair of sweatpants and a T-shirt everyday. But you might want to pull that special set of clothes out now and then.

This trail cam video catches a cute fawn lying down to rest

A deer gets ready to lay down in this still from a trail camera in Franklin County. Credit: Courtesy of Kyle

It’s a simple video, but soothing in these hectic times.

In other Maine news …

More than 85,000 still without power after weekend storm

After her failed Senate bid, Sara Gideon still has $14 million in leftover campaign cash

Some fear Jay mill layoffs could spur ‘mass exodus’

Morrill man sentenced to 29 years in prison for murder of romantic rival

Teen driver in Clinton crash that killed 3 committed to Long Creek after guilty plea

State testing private wells in Fairfield for PFAS contamination

Ducks shot with blowgun darts in Presque Isle, Maine Warden Service says