April 21 evening update: The latest on the coronavirus and Maine

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April 21 evening update: The latest on the coronavirus and Maine
Natalie Williams|BDN

Natalie Williams|BDN

A sign urges individuals to stay away from Stillwater Health Care nursing home in Bangor to protect individuals at the center.

By Lynne Fort, BDN Personnel

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Since Tuesday night, there are now 888 validated cases of the brand-new coronavirus in all of Maine’s counties, according to the Maine Center for Illness Control and Prevention.

The statewide death toll rose to 36 on Monday with the death of a citizen of Cumberland County.

[Our COVID-19 tracker contains the most recent information on Maine cases by county]

Up until now, 139 Mainers have been hospitalized at some time with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Another 443 people have actually totally recuperated from it, suggesting there are 409 active cases in the state.

Here’s the most recent on the coronavirus and its effect in Maine.

— Coronavirus hospitalizations in Maine slowed over the previous week, potentially indicating that the state has passed a peak, however public health professionals say that continued social distancing measures are still required to prevent a second wave.

— Although everybody is practicing social distancing and seclusion, making big gatherings difficult, birthdays need to still be celebrated– particularly if you’re turning102 Here’s how a Belfast female born throughout the 1918 influenza pandemic celebrated her birthday.

The head of Maine’s Center for Disease Control and Avoidance stated Tuesday the agency is double-testing some negative coronavirus tests produced by a rapid-results kit after reports that the test may be among the least precise in blood circulation.

— The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the very first at home test for COVID-19 on Tuesday, allowing one business to sell sets that permit individuals to collect nasal swab specimens by themselves. Regardless of restricted capability to check for COVID-19 in Maine, the state is continuing thoroughly and examining how well the home collection sets work prior to promoting their usage, Nirav Shah, the director of the Maine Center for Illness Control and Prevention, stated Tuesday afternoon.

— A group of state and nonprofit firms Tuesday released a new phone support service to offer emotional assistance to health care employees and first responders who are working on the frontlines responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Called the FrontLine WarmLine, the phone assistance service was launched to assist Maine healthcare professionals and very first responders handle tension and anxiety related to dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

— The state’s wild turkey open season will start earlier than prepared this year and will include an essential modification because of the pandemic: hunters will not have to register any gathered birds at tagging stations.

— Numerous courts have been forced to delay trials and other procedures due to coronavirus limitations. Those constraints have required the postponement of the trial of an Auburn male dealing with a murder charge from a Walmart parking area shooting last summer season, potentially until next year, the Lewiston Sun Journal reports.

— Signing up with many neighborhood institutions that have needed to cancel broad swaths of organized events, Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick has canceled its efficiency season due to the fact that of the coronavirus. The Portland Press Herald reports that the theater has presented musicals at Pickard Theater on the Bowdoin College school given that 1959 and has never ever canceled more than a periodic single efficiency because of a power interruption.

— Sales of single-family homes rose a modest amount in March, impacted by the coronavirus pandemic though prices continued to be strong, according to information launched Tuesday by the Maine Association of Realtors. House sales increased a lukewarm 0.36 percent compared to March2019 The median sales rate for the 1,124 homes sold was $227,950, up 8.55 percent throughout the years’s duration.

— A nurse from an outside company who worked at the Stillwater Health Care nursing house in Bangor has evaluated positive for the coronavirus, however no other cases have been identified there, according to an administrator.

— One of the numerous outcomes of the pandemic: students around the country are not able to get involved in traditional graduation ceremonies.

— Maine is the only U.S. state with a significant fishery for baby eels, which is among the most financially rewarding marine resources in Maine. Prices have tumbled as anglers grapple with the problem of working around constraints caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

— There have actually been varying analyses of what’s allowed under Portland’s constraints on local businesses. Portland city councilors all agreed Monday night to momentarily reduce some of those limitations on services considered excessive under the city’s coronavirus stay-at-home order in order to ease the confusion.

— Among the greatest issues throughout the pandemic has been for those residing in congregate scenarios such as nursing homes, retirement communities and prisons, due to the act that the infection can spread out far more quickly amongst those in close quarters. Maine has launched lots of prisoners to avoid coronavirus’ spread. But advocates say more must be done.

— Since early Tuesday morning, the coronavirus has sickened 820,104 individuals across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with triggered 44,228 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medication.

— Somewhere Else in New England, there have actually been 1,961 coronavirus deaths in Massachusetts, 1,423 in Connecticut, 171 in Rhode Island, 42 in New Hampshire and 40 in Vermont.

Watch: Maine CDC press conference, April 21


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