Bangor, Maine News Update: April 20, 2021
The Maine CDC reports 272 new cases of COVID-19 and 2 people, diagnosed with the virus, who have died. The department of economic and community development says permitted occupancy limits in public buildings will rise to 75% on May 24th.
University of Maine Police updated their previous alert on Monday, saying there is no indication of any active threat against the university community. The alert was sent out over the weekend, in response to an alleged threat that was posted on social media. Officials say there's no indication that the threat's alleged author, Afshin Zarechian, was ever in the area.
Southern Maine is once again dealing with issues with potentially rabid animals. On Saturday, a gray fox attacked at least 3 people in Topsham, two who were walking their dogs, and then a man who ended up shooting the animal. The Maine CDC will now test the fox for rabies.
A lack of late-winter snow and dry spring weather is raising concern about another drought this summer in New England. The U.S. Drought Monitor indicates most of the region is already experiencing abnormally dry conditions or moderate drought.
The College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor plans to require all students, staff, and faculty who plan to be on campus this fall to be vaccinated against COVID-19. School officials say they will work with anyone for whom the vaccine is not medically recommended. An open information session will be held in the coming weeks.
The public is invited to participate in an Autism Awareness walk in Ellsworth this morning. The Downeast Horizon’s walk-a thon was moved from Bar Harbor to Ellsworth last year, because of the pandemic, where the streets allow for social distancing. This morning’s walk gets underway at 10 from Knowlton Park.
Bangor area residents are encouraged to drop off their expired and unneeded medications at Airport Mall this weekend for a Drug Take Back Event. Representatives from the Bangor Police and Penobscot County Sheriff’s Departments will accept the medications on Friday from 7 to 5 and Saturday from 10 to 2. In addition, people can get their sensitive documents shredded Friday, from 7 to 1.