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Cyclists wear masks when riding in Portland, Maine on Wednesday April 8, 2020. Authorities announced Wednesday that Maine now has more than 500 confirmed cases of coronavirus. (Photo AP / Robert F. Bukaty)
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As of Wednesday, there are now 537 confirmed cases of new coronavirus spread across 15 counties in Maine, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Of these, 101 Maine residents were hospitalized with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, while 187 people have fully recovered.
[Our COVID-19 tracker contains the most recent information on Maine cases by county]
Two other people died from coronavirus, bringing the death toll to 14 across the state.
The only county with no confirmed cases is Piscataquis.
Here is the latest information on coronavirus and its impact in Maine.
“Maine expected to have 15 rapid coronavirus testing machines to assess patients more quickly, but on Wednesday it received a” much smaller “number of machines, health officials said. In response, a senior health official said on Wednesday that the state was “coming back to the drawing board” on a testing strategy.
– Maine’s top public health official answered the key question in the minds of businessmen on Wednesday: when can they start operating again?
– Maine Senator Angus King and several Democrats in the US Senate on Wednesday called for a future stimulus bill to relieve coronaviruses to include money to support local news agencies.
– Snowboard company Burton is donating 500,000 respiratory masks to hospitals in the Northeast, taking advantage of the company’s global footprint to help reduce the country’s delayed stock of personal protective equipment for the coronavirus pandemic.
– The president of the largest combined union at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery is calling for the temporary closure of the facility to prevent an outbreak of the new coronavirus there. The remarks come after the US Navy confirmed that a civilian shipyard worker died on Sunday of complications from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
—Central Maine Healthcare, which has hospitals in Lewiston, Rumford and Bridgton, leaves about 330 of its 3,200 employees on leave, and senior executives take pay cuts as they cut elective procedures and postpone appointments in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
– The Aroostook County Action Program and the University of Maine at Presque Isle have created a new temporary wellness shelter in the university gymnasium in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The shelter, which will be operated by Aroostook County action program staff with the help of MaineHousing, will accommodate up to 20 homeless people with no signs of coronavirus.
– A former Portland police chief who now heads the Detroit police force has tested positive for the new coronavirus. Despite the illness and quarantine since March 27, Craig said he remains involved in decision-making at the Detroit Police Department.
“Although President Donald Trump has ordered states and hospitals to secure supplies as they can, the federal government quietly seizes orders, leaving healthcare providers across the country in the dark equipment and how to get what they need to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.
—If you were hoping to camp in the North soon, you will need to change your plans. The members of North Maine Woods Inc. have announced that they are honoring the spirit of Governor Janet Mills’ recent decree which closes accommodation facilities and will close their own campsites until at least May 1.
—Democratic lawmakers and community leaders in cities hard hit by the pandemic have sounded the alarm over what they see as a disturbing trend in the virus killing African Americans at a higher rate, as well as a lack of general information on the race of the victims. let the nation’s death toll rise.
– Wednesday night, the coronavirus sickened 423,135 people in the 50 states, the district of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the United States Virgin Islands, and caused 14,390 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.
– Elsewhere in New England, there have been 16,790 cases and 433 deaths due to coronavirus in Massachusetts, 7,781 cases and 277 deaths in Connecticut, 1,450 cases and 35 deaths in Rhode Island, 605 cases and 23 deaths in Vermont and 747 cases and 13 deaths in New Hampshire.
Watch: Nirav Shah thanks the Mainers every day for staying inside