The Maine CDC reports 120 new cases of COVID-19 and 2 more people, diagnosed with the virus, who have died. Health officials report nearly 13% of residents have been given the first dose of the vaccine. More than 243 thousand coronavirus vaccines have been administered.

A Turner man is charged with two counts of murder as part of an investigation into a home invasion and double murder in that own. Patrick Maher is accused of killing 52-year-old Troy Varney and 48-year-old Dulsie Varney.

All Maine counties now have a green designation in the Maine Department of Education’s color coded system. That means all schools in the state have been given the go-ahead to open to full-time in-person classes, if they choose to do so. Most schools in the state, despite the green-light, have opted for a hybrid model, with a combination of in-person class time and at-home learning.

State health officials say Maine may have received potentially counterfeit N95 respirators. The Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services says lots of numbers of n95 respirators that were part of a national recall were purchased by the state. The department has notified the agencies that received the respirators and is working to replace them.

Hunters can now submit their applications for a moose permit. Applications must be submitted by May 13th, for a chance at one of a limited number of permits. The winners are chosen in a lottery drawing that’s scheduled for June 12th. Find more information at ME Fish Wildlife dot com.

In the midst of a pandemic, Maine’s Credit Unions reported some good news in the form of a record-breaking fundraising year for its Campaign for Ending Hunger. Over $969 thousand dollars was raised in 2020, at a time when the need is at its greatest, with all the money benefitting the communities in which it was contributed. Donations are accepted by members and non-members online.

 

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