13 More Deaths, 702 New Coronavirus Cases in Maine on New Year’s Eve
According to the Maine CDC on Thursday, New Year's Eve, there were 702 new cases of people with COVID-19 in the state as well as 13 coronavirus-related deaths.
That places the cumulative number of COVID cases in Maine at 24,201 and the state's death toll at 347.
Over 1,000 people have had to be hospitalized at some point.
Androscoggin County now has the highest case rate, while Piscataquis County has the lowest.
Governor Janet Mills announced a new executive order December 11 requiring Mainers to wear face coverings in all indoor public spaces and prohibits owners from letting anyone in who is not wearing a face covering. The order also states that claiming a medical exemption is not an excuse to enter without a face covering.
Mills also has extended the State of Emergency in Maine through January 20, allowing Maine to continue to receive federal funding and use available resources to respond to COVID-19.
Additionally, the governor has extended the curfew for certain businesses until further notice. Places like movie theaters, casinos, restaurants, bars and tasting rooms are to close by 9 p.m. There is no end date for this order.
You can view the full list of businesses and read the guidelines for each on The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development's website.
If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, including a runny nose, sore throat, dry cough, fever and in severe cases, difficulty breathing, the Maine CDC says you should call your doctor before going in so that they can prepare for your arrival. The Maine CDC continues to update with new information daily. Keep checking on our mobile app or website to get the latest.