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  • Published
    March 13, 2020

    MaineHealth limits Quarry Hill and Knox Center visitors

    MaineHealth announced March 13 that it is limiting visitation to the Knox Center and Quarry Hill long term care and assisted living facilities. The decision was made with "the health and safety of our patients as our top priority and with guidance and support from our physician leaders," according to a statement issued by Director of Communications and Public Affairs Jen Harris. "We recognize that limiting visits ...

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    March 13, 2020

    Pen Bay Chamber to reschedule Business Expo

    The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced that the organization will reschedule its annual Business & Community Expo, originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 1, at the Samoset Resort. The chamber's announcement follows a recommendation from Maine Gov. Janet Mills that indoor events attracting 250 people or more scheduled in the next 30 days should be postponed. The governor's recommendation ...

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    March 13, 2020

    What you can do to prevent the spread of coronavirus

    Steps to Prevent Illness There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. -Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). -Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets ...

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    March 13, 2020

    Two new presumptive positive COVID-19 cases in Maine

    The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) was informed this morning (March 13) by MaineHealth that preliminary testing in their lab indicates two more individuals in Maine have tested presumptively positive for the disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Those test samples have been sent to the Maine CDC for review and will require confirmation by the U.S. Centers for ...

  • Published
    March 12, 2020

    Updated: Coronavirus event changes and cancellations

    Cushing Public Library closes The Cushing Public Library will close for an indefinite period of time, until further notice. This includes all events, programs, and meetings which take place at the library. Cancelled events will be rescheduled. St. George closes town offices to the public The town of St. George is closing town offices at 47 Main St. to the public. All committee meetings will be conducted via Zoom ...

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    March 12, 2020

    Maine postpones Statehood bicentennial bash for virus concern

    The Statehood Day celebration of Maine's bicentennial that was scheduled Sunday at the Augusta Armory has been postponed because of concerns about coronavirus disease. The event marking 200 years of statehood was expected to draw several hundred attendees, performers and speakers to the state capital on the anniversary of Maine's separation from Massachusetts. “It will happen,” said David Cheever, vice chairman ...

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    March 12, 2020

    SBA to offer emergency assistance loans

    The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus. Upon a request received from a state's or territory's governor, SBA will issue an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration, making loans available to small businesses and private, ...

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    March 12, 2020

    Maine individual tests positive for coronavirus, Gov. Mills says

    One person tested positive for coronavirus in Maine, Gov. Janet Mills said March 12. The individual is a woman in her 50s who lives in Androscoggin County and is quarantined at her home, the governor said in a press release and at a live press conference at the State House. The test is a presumptive positive, which must be confirmed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control, Mills said. State health officials are ...

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    March 12, 2020

    Online Poll: Share your thoughts on the coronavirus crisis

    We want to hear your questions and concerns related to the coronavirus crisis. To help in providing information to the public, we have added a special category of news for coronavirus on our VillageSoup sites. On the menu at the top of the Knox.VillageSoup.com homepage there is a drop-down menu under "news" where you can select the coronavirus category to see all of our latest coverage on this issue. Stories will ...

  • Published
    March 12, 2020

    Consumers empty store shelves in advance of virus

    Toilet paper, anti-bacterial hand wipes and hand sanitizers are flying off local store shelves as fear grows of a possible COVID-19 outbreak. "Our team is also working hard to help you with your needs at home. As customers are focused on keeping their families well, we've experienced a high demand for products such as cleaning supplies and hand sanitizers," Hannaford Supermarket stated in a news release issued ...


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