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Bates professor partners with Colby, Bowdoin to print coronavirus protective gear Requiring only a 3-D-printed visor, an elastic cord and a transparent plastic sheet, it's been endorsed by the National Institutes of Health. "You just punch the transparency with a three-hole puncher and it snaps onto three pins that come out of the visor," Mountcastle said.

Governor orders travelers to self-quarantine, suspends all lodging businesses Janet Mills issued an executive order Friday mandating that anyone who comes to Maine, regardless of where they live, must self-quarantine for 14 days to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus infection.

Maine CDC won't reveal virus projections it's relying on to prepare for outbreak Nirav Shah said Friday that modeling projections are being used to inform decisions about how the state prepares and not to speculate about the potential impact, however, he has not been willing to share the numbers the state has been using.

Stocks drop as coronavirus crunches the job market, economy Many businesses have slammed to a halt amid attempts to slow the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, and investors were fully expecting to see such abysmal numbers.

Maine Democrats cancel convention The state convention was scheduled for May 29-30 at Cross Insurance Center in Bangor and more than 2,000 were expected to attend, said Seth Nelson, a party spokesperson. But because it is unclear how long the coronavirus outbreak will last, the party's executive committee decided to hold the convention remotely, Nelson said.

Waterville man charged with threatening people with a firearm WATERVILLE - A Waterville man is behind bars after being arrested early Friday after allegedly threatening three people inside a home on Pleasant Street with a firearm. Abdulrashid Bilal, 23, of Edgewood Street, was arrested shortly after 2:30 a.m.

Small-business rescue off to slow start; some banks not ready Millions of small businesses are expected to apply for desperately needed rescue loans from the $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program, which was put in place to help them retain workers and pay bills during the coronavirus pandemic.

Federal guidelines now recommend face masks, but Trump says he won't wear one Though some people already have begun acquiring or creating face masks on their own, the administration's new guidance could test the market's ability to accommodate a surge in demand.

Amy Calder: Finding the silver linings during a pandemic As terrible as the coronavirus pandemic is, there are some good things happening in our changed world, Amy Calder writes.

Augusta councilors rescind manager's order closing nonessential businesses "I remember sitting at home and breathing a sigh of relief, because had done the same thing." Mayor David Rollins praised Mills for the state order, telling city councilors at their Thursday night online meeting the statewide rule would eliminate confusion.

Researcher believes he has identified shipwreck in Maine A researcher believes he's identified the mysterious shipwreck that appears every few years in the right conditions on a beach in York.

COVID-19: A survivor story from a University of Maine at Farmington graduate Around the middle of March, as the world was just starting to learn more about coronavirus, she started to feel out of sorts. It started with a slight headache that morphed into a fever during the night. In the morning, the fever spiked and Boivin developed a dry cough.

Central Maine April 3 police log Barbeau, 45, of Augusta, was arrested on charges of domestic violence assault and criminal mischief following the report of a general disturbance on Northern Avenue. IN GARDINER, Thursday at 4:26 p.m., at least one person was arrested following a traffic stop on Bridge Street.

With parks closed, Disney to start furloughs in 2 weeks Disney World has the largest number of workers at a single location in the U.S. More than half of its workers are covered by a union contract.

Waterville credit union gets 'creative' to serve members during pandemic New Dimensions Federal Credit Union on Friday was busy all day, with vehicles lined up to use two outside ATMs and the drive-up window as CEO Ryan Poulin walked to cars to chat with members.

Hallowell officials preparing for reduction in revenue due to virus outbreak City Councilor George Lapointe, the chairperson of the council's Finance Committee, said Friday officials have asked department heads for projections keeping in mind "flat funding and a potential 5% reduction" in next fiscal year's budget, but have not yet decided on set percentage of reduction.

Maine rural hospitals cut pay, hours while preparing for a surge He said the cost-cutting measures are largely driven by two factors: the hospital is no longer getting revenue from emergency room visits, because people are staying home and not getting injured, and elective procedures have been canceled to make room for an expected surge in patients with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Island Police: Neighborhood spat well documented by police - Mount Desert Islander Southwest Harbor Police continue to investigate complaints of neighbor harassment, five of which were made over three days. On Friday, around 2:45 p.m.

Ferry Service announces schedule cuts - Mount Desert Islander ELLSWORTH — Beginning March 28, the Maine State Ferry Service has reduced its schedule because of a “significant” drop in riders and to help minimize the.

The Virus Diaries: 'My business had been going very well. Then this happened' My business had been going very well. Then this happened. "Fortunately we are almost social security age, we've been trying to put off collecting that, but my husband does collect a small pension, that was about half our income last year. This year it will be our entire income, and I know we're lucky.

Chebeague ferry won't transport suspected COVID-19 patients YARMOUTH - Chebeague Island emergency responders are scurrying for contingency plans after the island's primary ferry provider announced it will not transport anyone suspected of having been exposed to the coronavirus. The island town, with a year-round population of 340, is a 15-minute ferry ride from Yarmouth.

Overwhelmed Maine unemployment office announces hiring, new rules for applicants Calls won't be accepted after then because staff need time to process claims, Picard said. Comments are not available on this story.

At St.Mary’s hospital, quarantined staff must use own sick time Mary's are critical of management for requiring staffers who are quarantined after coronavirus exposure to use their own sick/vacation time.

BIW workers struggle to clock in after new coronavirus transportation restrictions Before the parking problems, workers already were staying home because they feared getting sick from the new coronavirus. On Friday, Wiers said only one-third of the shipyard’s manufacturing employees, 1,314 workers, showed up for work on the first shift after BIW announced a second worker had tested positive for the virus.

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