The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced late Monday morning that the first case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Knox County.

The patient is a man in his 30s. No additional details were released.

This brings the total number of positive and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 cases in Maine to 17. Two are in Lincoln County, one in Androscoggin, and 13 in Cumberland County.

Dr. Nirav Shah, Maine's CDC director, announced the cases at a news conference in Augusta on March 16.

"We realize this is a time of uncertainty, a time of great challenge. My request to everybody is to do two things. First continue to take care of yourself. Do all the things you would otherwise be doing to stay healthy, eat a good diet, get a good night sleep, exercise when you can, spend time with your family," Dr. Shah said.

Dr. Shah continued to urge people to practice social distancing but said not social isolation. He said he expected community transmission to be seen in other Maine counties in addition to Cumberland County.

All schools in the region have closed as of Monday. Most towns have canceled all but emergency meetings, the courts have limited their proceedings.

The Penobscot Bay YMCA announced Monday it would close as of Tuesday, March 17 and plans to re-open on Wednesday, April 1.

The Owls Head Transportation Museum is closing March 16 through March 29.

The Owls Head town office will be closed thru April 02, 2020.

South Thomaston town office is closed to the public. Essential business can be conducted through phone, mail or email.

Sheriff announce new policy

And Knox County Sheriff Tim Carroll announced Monday morning that all visits to the Knox County Jail are suspended, no more fingerprinting, and no new serving civil papers. The sheriff also announced that all non-emergency responses will be done by telephone and any in-person non-emergency matter will be conducted outside if possible.

"These are all temporary measures intended to slow the spread of illness among my staff so I can avoid having to implement more drastic measures. My command staff and I will be reevaluating theses on a daily basis and will update you all as we return to normal operations over the next several weeks," the Sheriff said.

The Maine Judiciary announced Monday that effective immediately outstanding arrest warrants for unpaid fines, unpaid court-appointed fees, failure to appear for unpaid fine hearings, and other failure to appear for unpaid items in court have been vacated.

The order does not erase the requirement to pay the fines or other assessments.

District Attorney Natasha Irving said the state does not want anyone arrested on warrants unless absolutely necessary to public safety.

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