John Picone and his son Jojo Picone of Bangor put their canoe into the Stillwater River at Brownie's Park in Orono on Thursday. Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

Today is Monday. Expect clear skies and temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s. Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

The latest on the coronavirus in Maine

Another 188 cases of COVID-19 were reported across the state on Saturday, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The statewide death toll stands at 904.

Fifteen people have tested positive for COVID-19 in an outbreak associated with a Searsmont church, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Rising COVID-19 cases among unvaccinated people bring fresh stress to Maine health workers

The virus precautions, though necessary, now hit workers differently given the availability of the COVID-19 vaccines, which have proven highly effective in preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death.

ALSO: Maine hospitals brace for small number of staff to quit over new vaccine mandate

Since 2015, Maine has had highest rate of fatal police shootings in New England

Maine’s rate of 20 fatal police shootings per 1 million residents over the past six years compares with rates of 6 per 1 million in more densely populated Massachusetts and Connecticut, and 4 in Rhode Island. The more rural northern New England states have seen higher rates, with New Hampshire’s rate working out to 14 fatal police shootings per million people and Vermont’s to 16.

A former factory town hopes an infrastructure plan can help bring it back to life

A century ago, the town of Island Falls was a thriving community, with a population of around 1,600 who worked at local tanneries and the National Starch and Chemical Company.

Growing currants and gooseberries is illegal in Maine and there’s a good reason for it

Plants like gooseberries, currants and European black currant belong to the genus Ribes, which includes more than 200 species. And though they have caught on in health food circles and pick-your-own farms elsewhere, plants in the genus Ribes are the required host for a devastating fungus called white pine blister rust, which infects and eventually kills the Eastern white pine trees that fill the forests of Maine.

Bangor has lost more residents than any Maine community since 2010

But growth in the ring of towns around Bangor essentially offset the city’s loss of population.

ALSO: See how your town’s population has changed since 2010

In other Maine news

Rhode Island man airlifted off Katahdin

Driver attempting to change directions on I-95 causes Pittsfield crash

6-year-old boy falls 50 feet into water in Acadia National Park

Former Republican DA hopeful Seth Carey indicted on sex assault charges