Bangor, Maine News Update: August 13, 2020
The Maine CDC reports 22 new cases of COVID-19 in the state and 19 more people who have recovered. Currently, there are 365 active cases of the virus statewide.
The Piscataquis Regional YMCA in Dover-Foxcroft is closed until Monday and all their activities cancelled due to possible community exposure to COVID-19. A statement on the Y’s website says they can’t confirm whether the person who tested positive was actually in the facility. The facility will undergo a deep cleaning as a precaution for the safety of its members.
Following the explosion of the LEAP headquarters in Farmington that killed one firefighter and injured several others, the Mills’ administration has purchased gas detection meters for 20 departments across the state, including Cherryfield, Corinth, and Dixmont. The Maine Emergency Management Agency will train firefighters to use the devices that will detect four different kinds of gases.
American Cruise Lines has withdrawn its request to dock in Bucksport, after their proposal was met with mixed reactions. Some residents felt it risked spreading the coronavirus, while others were enthused about the economic boost it could provide. Officials with the cruise lines say they hope to return next year.
Free online courses are available to unemployed Mainers through Coursera, which has partnered with the Maine Department of Labor. Unemployment officials say the courses can help residents learn skills required for in-demand jobs in the state. Anyone interested in taking advantage of the offer should make sure they have an active and up-to-date account on the Maine Job Link.
Hannaford Supermarkets announced a 50 thousand dollar donation this week to support Maine families as they seek to meet their most basic needs during the pandemic. The donation includes $25 thousand dollars each to Penquis and York County Community Action programs, which will be used to increase access to healthcare, education, and employment opportunities. An estimated 500 families will benefit from the donation.