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    May 3, 2021

    FEMA provides COVID-19-related funeral assistance

    FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020, under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Applications will be taken only over the phone by calling 844-684-6333 (TTY: 800-462-7585) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. Multilingual services are available. Interested ...

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    April 29, 2021

    Health officials appeal to younger Mainers to get vaccinated

    In the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention media briefing Thursday, April 29, the recurring theme was the importance younger Mainers' getting vaccinated. Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine CDC, said among people 50 and over, more than two thirds have received all needed COVID-19 shots, compared to one fifth of people 16 to 49. Recently, he said, two people in their 20s died from COVID-19. Also, ...

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    April 27, 2021

    Travel policy updated; outside mask mandate eased

    Starting May 1, residents traveling back to Maine and visitors coming into the state will no longer be required to test or quarantine before entering. In his Tuesday, April 27, briefing, Dr. Nirav Shah, director of Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said the policy announced today may change if states show a high level of variants causing increases in case levels. “Right now,” he said, “there are ...

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    April 27, 2021

    SBA announces applications open for $28.6 billion in restaurant relief

    Help is at hand for restaurants and other food establishments that have suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to $28.6 billion earmarked for them in the American Rescue Plan. The U.S. Small Business Administration will begin registrations at 9 a.m. Friday, April 30, and will open applications at noon on Monday, May 3, for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. The online application will remain open to any ...

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    April 23, 2021

    New COVID-19 case reported at Mount View High School

    A person associated with Mount View High School has recently tested positive for COVID-19. In an April 22 letter to staff, students and families, Regional School Unit Superintendent Charles Brown said anyone who was a close contact has been notified. A Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention representative or school official will contact close contacts directly, Brown said. He encouraged parents to ...

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    April 22, 2021

    CDC reports 403 new coronavirus cases, 119 people hospitalized

    As of Thursday, April 22, there are 119 Mainers hospitalized with COVID-19, up from 104 two days ago, according to Mane Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Nirav Shah. Out of this total, 48 are in intensive care units and 18 are on ventilators. The number of intensive care unit admissions is higher than it has been in recent months, he said. The case numbers have also increased, with more young ...

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    April 22, 2021

    Singing and not singing with Mr. Bari

    Brody Ingraham: How are things going? Mr. Bari: Going OK. It's been a really hard year, because I love to sing with students. I love to play instruments. I love teaching kids how to play instruments. It's difficult for me to maintain social distancing. It's just not really who I feel like I am. Just wishing we could do more. Feeling like we can't do as much and that we're taking more time to do fewer things. Our ...

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    April 15, 2021

    J & J vaccine still on hold as case count rises

    Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said Thursday, April 15, the expert advisory panel that met yesterday decided to hold off on any decision to lift the pause on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for at least another week. The panel met to discuss the rare blood clot condition that affected six people who were vaccinated with the J&J vaccine across the country. ...

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    April 15, 2021

    COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Unity Fire Station

    The Unity Fire Department will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in partnership with Savage's Drug. The clinic will be offering the Moderna vaccine Wednesday and Thursday, April 21 and 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic will take place at the fire station on Firehouse Lane, off School Street. Second doses will occur at the same time and place 28 days later, May 19 and 20. Appointments are limited and ...

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    April 15, 2021

    COVID-19 case at Waldo County Tech Center

    A person associated with Waldo County Technical Center has tested positive for COVID-19. In a message sent Wednesday evening to staff, parents and students, WCTC Director Kevin Michaud said starting Thursday, April 15, there would be no classes or activities at the facility for the remainder of the week. Classes will resume April 26, after spring break. Michaud told The Republican Journal the school has begun ...


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