Today is Monday. Temperatures will be in the low 20s to mid-30s with cloudy skies statewide. Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.
Another 299 cases were reported in Maine on Sunday, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. There are now 5,175 active confirmed and “probable” cases in the state. The death toll stands at 257. Check out our COVID-19 Tracker for more information.
Gov. Janet Mills on Friday ordered owners and operators of all indoor public spaces regardless of type or size to not allow those who refuse to wear a face covering to come into or remain in their venue.
From negotiating a land swap between Washington, D.C., and the National Park Service to a lone bid that was $12 million over budget, and complications caused by a pandemic, the $54 million prekindergarten through grade eight Caribou Community School project often pushed administrators beyond their limits.
Lawmakers have floated another round of loans as part of a stimulus package, including in a bipartisan proposal earlier this month backed by Maine Sens. Susan Collins — who championed the loan program — and Angus King. But Congress has been deadlocked on virus relief for months, with no deal currently on the table as the holidays approach.
Approximately 12,675 doses will arrive in a first round with the state’s vaccine plan saying high-risk health care workers and those in long-term care facilities will be vaccinated first. Roughly 5,850 will go to hospitals in Portland, Lewiston, Augusta, Bangor and Presque Isle, with most of the rest going to long-term care facilities. Hospitals across Maine are expected to get 33,000 more doses in a second round of shipments once the Moderna candidate is approved.
For procrastinators, there’s one more way that 2020 could make your holiday season less full of cheer: Christmas trees are in high demand and, in some cases, scarce supply this year.
From Dec. 1 to Dec. 10, Aroostook County saw 105 new cases, more than the 79 it saw in the whole month of November, according to data from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. And the 17 new cases on both Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 represented dubious daily records for The County. The County has also seen a rising portion of its COVID-19 tests coming back positive, another sign of the virus’ widening spread.
Eighty-six percent of the September test takers passed the exam, the highest passage rate since July 2016 and nearly 30 percentage points higher than the average passage rate of 56.6 percent between February 2015 and July 2019.
The 2020 class of the University of Maine School of Law did even better — 48 of 53 members passed the September exam, pushing the passage rate for the state’s only law school to 90.6 percent, up from 58.6 percent last year.
As part of the Bangor Daily News’ year-end coverage, we wanted to hear from you on how the pandemic has most affected you. They could be both negative or positive, reminding us of what we lost during this time, pointing us toward a way you coped or how you are making the best of a bad situation.
It’s Wotton vs. Wolfgram in finals of Maine’s Greatest High School Football Coach of All Time bracket contest
We started with 32 coaches who were nominated by our readers and this dynamic duo has emerged to compete for the championship in our bracket contest. John Wolfram and Rodd Wotton came into the contest as our two No. 1 seeds.