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Belfast event shows extremism is gaining traction in Maine

(BDN) -- A Tuesday night event in Belfast showed how a union of COVID-19 denialism and far-right extremism has been growing in Maine and gaining legitimacy, with politicians embracing those ideologies. The “Arise USA! Resurrection Tour” that stopped at the Crosby Center was billed as promoting “faith, family and freedom”...
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Hancock County, MEEllsworth American

An uptick in COVID-19 cases but local rates remain low

ELLSWORTH — The COVID-19 pandemic is a numbers game and remains so even as emergency orders have been lifted across the U.S. For Maine, the numbers are low, but are on the rise. Looking at the same time period last year, there are more positive cases, more hospitalizations and more...

Maine COVID-19 cases trending back up

STATEWIDE — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday the biggest one-day uptick in COVID-19 cases since May. There were 120 new cases, pushing the total number of cases since the pandemic began to 70,261. According to the Maine CDC, there were 14 new cases in Somerset...

What you need to know about Maine’s new mask guidelines

Gov. Janet Mills announced Wednesday that Maine will follow updated federal guidance on masks, recommending the use of face coverings regardless of vaccination status in places where COVID-19 transmission is higher. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending universal masking in counties that are seeing substantial virus...
Bangor, MEBangor Daily News

A scaled-back Bangor State Fair will open next week

A condensed version of the Bangor State Fair will start next week, a year after the 2020 edition of the fair was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The abbreviated version of the 170-year-old fair will open at Bass Park on Thursday, Aug. 5 and run through Sunday, Aug. 8, and will feature only rides, games and food vendors. Other typical offerings, including agricultural events, truck and tractor pulls, the demolition derby, live music and the petting zoo, are on hold for this year, though fair organizers said they plan to have the full nine-day fair in 2022.

Maine’s new COVID-19 mask guidance; Waldo County recommended to mask up indoors

AUGUSTA — Nearly a month since his last COVID-19 briefing, Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah held a special briefing Wednesday afternoon, July 28, remotely from Augusta alongside Maine Department of Health and Human Services Director Jeanne Lambrew to update Mainers on how the state is confronting a recent rise of COVID-19 cases, largely a result of the Delta variant and discuss the newest recommendations from the U.S. CDC.

Bangor, Maine News Update: July 29, 2021

The Maine CDC is following the directive of national health experts in suggesting that vaccinated and non-vaccinated people in counties with the highest rate of COVID cases resume wearing masks in indoor settings. In Maine, that means residents of York and Piscataquis counties. It’s not a requirement, but health officials encourage residents to protect themselves and others with face coverings and by getting vaccinated, if they haven’t.

Healthy Acadia to offer suicide intervention training

ELLSWORTH — Healthy Acadia is offering Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) in August. Healthy Acadia Drug-Free Communities Program Coordinator Tara Young said the training is a two-day interactive course for suicide prevention. According to Young, the training teaches people the skills they need to engage with someone who is...