Bangor, Maine News Update: August 5, 2020
Versant and Central Maine Power are dealing with some outages this morning, after Tropical Storm Isaias swept through the state. As of 5:30 this morning, Versant was reporting 500 customers without power, while CMP has over 79,000.
The Maine CDC reports 11 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, and 28 more people who have recovered. The total deaths in Maine has decreased by one, after a previously reported person was determined not to fit the criteria for a virus-related death. MDI Hospital is encouraging Maine visitors to notify healthcare facilities when getting a positive result from a test taken in their home state, after five people 'from away' contacted them in unrelated cases.
Maine's daycare providers are now dealing with new regulations that require the children, as well as the staff, to wear masks. The Maine CDC is requiring children ages 5 and older to wear masks, and recommending the face coverings for children 2 through 4.
Wyman's of Maine in Milbridge is the latest blueberry producer to have a COVID-19 outbreak among its migrant workers. 4 workers at Wyman's have tested positive. Hancock Farms is now reporting 10 cases of the virus, while Merrill Farm has 9 cases.
Old Town Police resolved the pursuit of a man sought most of the day on Tuesday, after he spent several hours on a rock in the middle of the river. The man was wanted in connection with a domestic assault and was probably having a mental health crisis. After warning residents to stay inside until he could be apprehended, police spent most of the morning trying to catch up to him, before he was finally pulled from the river mid-afternoon.
Acadia National Park will test out a new reservation system for vehicles entering the Sand Beach entrance and Cadillac Summit Road in October, in an effort to reduce traffic and congestion. Reservations will cost $2 and can be purchased online. Visitors will have to schedule a time to arrive but can stay as long as they want.