The latest statistics from the Maine CDC show 262 new cases of COVID-19 statewide and 3 more people diagnosed with the virus who have died. Bangor schools have moved to remote learning for the rest of the week, due to confirmed cases of the virus among bus drivers, monitors, students and staff.

State Police are investigating after two bodies were found in a New Sharon home. Officials have not released any information about the man and woman, except that they went there to check on the wellbeing of one of the residents. Autopsies are scheduled for today.

Orono Police are offering tips to residents after a foiled home invasion in which the suspects rang the doorbell and broke a window, before fleeing when they realized the owners were home. Police say residents should keep lights on outside and inside the house to signal someone is home, as well as keeping doors and windows locked at all times.

Northern Light Health has set up a COVID vaccination hotline for people who don’t have access to the internet. People 70 and over can access patient information and make an appointment for a vaccination at 207-204-8551. Anyone with internet access is asked to make their appointment at Northern Light Health dot org.

About 75 National Guard Troops from Maine will be in Washington for the next several weeks, while the majority of the original 200 sent before the inauguration will come home. With more things opening up in D.C., the National Guard’s presence is mainly precautionary, rather than a reaction to active threats.

The Maine Department of Transportation reminds parents to dress their children in multiple layers this time of year, so they can remove one or two when they get to school. They say it’s important that the clothes are comfortable and easy to put on and remove, with places for kids to store them once they get to class.

Area students are invited to take part in the Challenger Learning Center’s Virtual Mars Missions next month. Students can connect from school or home for the missions that will celebrate NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover landing on February 18th.

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