The Maine CDC 318 new cases of COVID-19 statewide and three more Mainers who have died, 2 in Penobscot and 1 in Hancock counties. Northern Light Health is accepting applications for people 70 and over for the COVID-19 vaccine, which is being rolled out per the state's phased vaccine protocol.

A resolution of protest in Piscataquis County is causing controversy as the County Commissioners have demanded that Governor Mills lift all mandates and lockdowns that she’s implemented since the pandemic. Critics have said that it would harm the residents and businesses in the county. Residents can voice their own opinions at 8:30 this morning during a County Commissioners’ Zoom meeting on the topic.

The University of Maine system is requiring weekly COVID-19 tests for all on-campus students and employees. Chancellor Dannel Malloy says the increased testing is necessary as the number of cases continues to rise. The saliva-based PCR tests will give results in 24 hours or less.

Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has improved the way fishing rules and regulations are presented on their website, now allowing fishermen to search by body of water, town county, or fishing code. And a feature called FLOAT will offer information on special fishing rules for each location. Free fishing days will be offered the weekends of February 13th and June 5th.

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a webinar later this month to teach home gardeners about lighting options for growing seedings and other indoor plants. Registration is required, with a suggested donation of five dollars for the event on January 27th.

A mother of three young boys from Litchfield with stage five kidney failure is hoping to find a living donor. Maryann Englebert found out she had a rare autoimmune condition called Berger’s disease during a routine dentist’s appointment just over two years ago. Anyone with type A or O blood types can find out if they're a match on the Massachusetts General Hospital website.

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