Coronavirus in Maine: Latest information on the outbreak

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that the number of cases of coronavirus in the state has increased to 432, although it is likely an under-representation of the actual amount of cases in Maine since not all individuals are being tested.Slow the Spread: CLICK HERE to read the CDC guidelines on coronavirusLATEST MAINE HEADLINES-Gov. Janet Mills issues order mandating travelers from out of state self quarantine for 14 days; suspends most lodging operations-2 coronavirus-related deaths reported Friday, bringing total to 9-432 cases reported in state, an increase of 56 since Thursday.-A stay-at-home order is now in effect for Maine until April 30.-First cases in Aroostook, Washington counties reported.-113 people have recovered from virus.-109,000 pieces of personal protective equipment being delivered to health care workers across Maine.Get the latest coronavirus information from the Maine CDCWHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?Symptoms of coronavirus may include fever, cough difficulty breathing and sore throat. Symptoms generally appear in two to 14 days after exposure.Health officials said most patents experience mild symptoms and can recover at home.However, some patients, particularly those with underlying medical conditions, may experience more severe respiratory illness.Coronavirus appears to spread in similar ways to the flu and the common cold, which includes through the air by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact such as touching and shaking hands and touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.Anyone experiencing symptoms is urged to call their health care provider and not just show up in person.STAY-AT-HOME ORDERGov. Janet Mills has issued a stay-at-home order which went into effect at midnight on April 2. Mainers must remain at home unless they need to leave for an essential job or an essential function.Stores that remain open must limit the amount of people inside at once. Under the Executive order, essential stores with retail spaces of:-Less than 7,500 square feet limit the number of customers in the store at one time to 5. Examples of such stores include gas stations and convenience and specialty food stores.-More than 7,500 and less than 25,000 square feet limit the number of customers in the store at one time to 15. Examples of such stores include stand-alone pharmacies and certain hardware stores.-More than 25,000 and less than 50,000 square feet limit the number of customers in the store at one time to 50. Examples of such stores include mid-sized and locally owned grocery stores.-More than 50,000 and less than 75,000 square feet limit the number of customers in the store at one time to 75. Examples of such stores include chain grocery stores.-More than 75,000 square feet limit the number of customers in the store at one time to 100 and install protective shields between customers and checkout clerks as soon as practicable. Examples of such stores include Lowe’s, Walmart, Target and Home Depot.Retailers must enforce these limits and a six-foot separation between any customers waiting in lines.MAINE CORONAVIRUS CASESThe Maine CDC reported Friday that the number of cases of coronavirus has increased to 432.Nine people have died in Maine, with two new deaths reported on Friday.More than 113 people have recovered from the virus, health officials said.The first cases in Aroostook and Washington counties were reported Friday.MAINE CORONAVIRUS TESTINGPeople who think they have symptoms of coronavirus should call their health care provider, according to Maine CDC.Tell your health care professional about any recent travel or contact with other COVID-19 cases. Your healthcare professional will work with Maine CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.ConvenientMD and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine are partnering to open a COVID-19 testing site at Anthem’s office on Gannett Drive in South Portland.Similar sites have opened in Bangor and at Martin’s Point Healthcare in Portland.Before visiting the testing site, patients will be remotely evaluated at home by a ConvenientMD provider. That provider will then determine if the patient needs to be tested. The option is open to anyone in Maine.MAINE ONLINE RESOURCESThe state launched an online resource outlining ways in which Mainers can support each other and efforts to fight the COVID-19 outbreak.The website outlines four primary ways Maine people can address immediate needs: financial assistance; health care and medical assistance; small business assistance; and connections with family, friends, and neighbors.REDUCING ANXIETY, STRESS DURING OUTBREAKThe National Alliance on Mental Illness Maine recommends taking a break from social media and news.People should stay informed but not to the point where it’s too stressful.People should get enough sleep, eat healthy foods, exercise and meditate, if possible.Also, Mainers should check in on loved ones and neighbors to see how they are doing.NAMI Maine officials said that while their office is closed to the public for walk-ins, their helpline is running with staff ready to help.The helpline number is 1-800-464-5767.211 MAINE CAN ANSWER CORONAVIRUS QUESTIONSThe state’s 211 system can answer general questions about coronavirus from callers. Mainers can also text 898-211 to have their questions answered.People who think they have symptoms of coronavirus should call their health care provider.MORE COVERAGE-State delivers more than 100,000 pieces of personal protective equipment across Maine-Shoppers wait outside as Maine stores restrict how many can go inside-Maine business helps feed health care workers on front line of coronavirus outbreak-Landlords, tenants urged to communicate about rent during coronavirus crisis-Maine makes change to reduce unemployment phone line wait times-University of Southern Maine’s Sullivan Gym opens as temporary homeless shelter-Rossen Reports: New robocall scams prey on coronavirus fears-Gov. 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The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that the number of cases of coronavirus in the state has increased to 432, although it is likely an under-representation of the actual amount of cases in Maine since not all individuals are being tested.

Slow the Spread: CLICK HERE to read the CDC guidelines on coronavirus

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LATEST MAINE HEADLINES

Gov. Janet Mills issues order mandating travelers from out of state self quarantine for 14 days; suspends most lodging operations

2 coronavirus-related deaths reported Friday, bringing total to 9

-432 cases reported in state, an increase of 56 since Thursday.

-A stay-at-home order is now in effect for Maine until April 30.

-First cases in Aroostook, Washington counties reported.

-113 people have recovered from virus.

-109,000 pieces of personal protective equipment being delivered to health care workers across Maine.

Get the latest coronavirus information from the Maine CDC

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Symptoms of coronavirus may include fever, cough difficulty breathing and sore throat. Symptoms generally appear in two to 14 days after exposure.

Health officials said most patents experience mild symptoms and can recover at home.

However, some patients, particularly those with underlying medical conditions, may experience more severe respiratory illness.

Coronavirus appears to spread in similar ways to the flu and the common cold, which includes through the air by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact such as touching and shaking hands and touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.

Anyone experiencing symptoms is urged to call their health care provider and not just show up in person.

STAY-AT-HOME ORDER

Gov. Janet Mills has issued a stay-at-home order which went into effect at midnight on April 2. Mainers must remain at home unless they need to leave for an essential job or an essential function.

Stores that remain open must limit the amount of people inside at once. Under the Executive order, essential stores with retail spaces of:

-Less than 7,500 square feet limit the number of customers in the store at one time to 5. Examples of such stores include gas stations and convenience and specialty food stores.

-More than 7,500 and less than 25,000 square feet limit the number of customers in the store at one time to 15. Examples of such stores include stand-alone pharmacies and certain hardware stores.

-More than 25,000 and less than 50,000 square feet limit the number of customers in the store at one time to 50. Examples of such stores include mid-sized and locally owned grocery stores.

-More than 50,000 and less than 75,000 square feet limit the number of customers in the store at one time to 75. Examples of such stores include chain grocery stores.

-More than 75,000 square feet limit the number of customers in the store at one time to 100 and install protective shields between customers and checkout clerks as soon as practicable. Examples of such stores include Lowe’s, Walmart, Target and Home Depot.

Retailers must enforce these limits and a six-foot separation between any customers waiting in lines.

MAINE CORONAVIRUS CASES

The Maine CDC reported Friday that the number of cases of coronavirus has increased to 432.

Nine people have died in Maine, with two new deaths reported on Friday.

More than 113 people have recovered from the virus, health officials said.

The first cases in Aroostook and Washington counties were reported Friday.

MAINE CORONAVIRUS TESTING

People who think they have symptoms of coronavirus should call their health care provider, according to Maine CDC.

Tell your health care professional about any recent travel or contact with other COVID-19 cases. Your healthcare professional will work with Maine CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

ConvenientMD and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine are partnering to open a COVID-19 testing site at Anthem’s office on Gannett Drive in South Portland.

Similar sites have opened in Bangor and at Martin’s Point Healthcare in Portland.

Before visiting the testing site, patients will be remotely evaluated at home by a ConvenientMD provider. That provider will then determine if the patient needs to be tested. The option is open to anyone in Maine.

MAINE ONLINE RESOURCES

The state launched an online resource outlining ways in which Mainers can support each other and efforts to fight the COVID-19 outbreak.

The website outlines four primary ways Maine people can address immediate needs: financial assistance; health care and medical assistance; small business assistance; and connections with family, friends, and neighbors.

REDUCING ANXIETY, STRESS DURING OUTBREAK

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Maine recommends taking a break from social media and news.

People should stay informed but not to the point where it’s too stressful.

People should get enough sleep, eat healthy foods, exercise and meditate, if possible.

Also, Mainers should check in on loved ones and neighbors to see how they are doing.

NAMI Maine officials said that while their office is closed to the public for walk-ins, their helpline is running with staff ready to help.

The helpline number is 1-800-464-5767.

211 MAINE CAN ANSWER CORONAVIRUS QUESTIONS

The state’s 211 system can answer general questions about coronavirus from callers. Mainers can also text 898-211 to have their questions answered.

People who think they have symptoms of coronavirus should call their health care provider.

MORE COVERAGE

State delivers more than 100,000 pieces of personal protective equipment across Maine

Shoppers wait outside as Maine stores restrict how many can go inside

Maine business helps feed health care workers on front line of coronavirus outbreak

Landlords, tenants urged to communicate about rent during coronavirus crisis

Maine makes change to reduce unemployment phone line wait times

University of Southern Maine’s Sullivan Gym opens as temporary homeless shelter

Rossen Reports: New robocall scams prey on coronavirus fears

-Gov. Mills issues stay-at-home order

-Wells orders hotels, campgrounds to close

Device that can test for coronavirus in 5 minutes made in Maine

New Balance developing, manufacturing face masks for hospitals

Facing shortage in Maine, Red Cross to hold series of blood drives

Coronavirus outbreak leaves Maine food pantry stretched thin

Helping Hands: Community Champion conveys a crucial message amid an outbreak