Maine COVID-19 cases jump by more than a dozen overnight

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the state jumped by more than a dozen overnight.

The number of total positive cases in the state jumped from 56 to 70. Three patients are reported to have recovered.

Meanwhile, the retirement community OceanView at Falmouth reported a sixth resident had tested positive for COVID-19. The patient is being treated at the Maine Medical Center in Portland.

For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death. The vast majority of people recover.

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GOVERNOR’S ADDRESS

Maine Gov. Janet Mills used her Friday radio address to talk about the importance of family and friends during the coronavirus pandemic. She told Mainers it’s normal to be scared about one’s health.

Mill said Friday that it’s normal to be scared about one’s health, one’s paycheck and groceries. She said to tell children it’s OK to be scared.

“Anxiety is normal. The future is uncertain. But remind them always: We have each other. We are all family,” she said.

She said adults can assure children that medical professionals and others are working together.

“We have risen to the challenges of our times before and we are rising to the challenges before us now,” she said.

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GETTING OUTDOORS

Maine is opening all open water to anglers, who are being allowed to fish without a license. The order, which will run through April 30, is intended to encourage Maine people to enjoy the outdoors during the pandemic.

“I hope this order will motivate Maine people to do what we have done for generations: take to our lakes, rivers, and streams to cast a line. The great outdoors is still open,” Mills said.

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