Bangor, Maine News Update: July 30, 2020
The Maine CDC reports 28 new cases of COVID-19 and 17 more people who have recovered. Governor Janet Mills announced an increase from 50 to 100 people allowed at large outdoor gatherings, with the restriction that there be no more than five people per thousand square feet, to allow for social distancing, and a requirement to wear face coverings. She says the change is based on information that outdoor activities are safer than indoor.
The Hancock County Emergency Management Agency is investigating why migrant workers, who recently tested positive for COVID-19 at a Blueberry Processing Plant, were not required to get tested before entering the state, or to quarantine for 14 days, as is the mandate for other out-of-state visitors. The five migrant workers from Florida were tested by the Maine facility and are now quarantined in Bangor. Hancock foods says it will now use in-state blueberry rakers for this year’s harvest.
Shark patrols are being conducted by the Maine Marine Patrol, following a fatal shark attack off Bailey Island. Officials say they’re trying to confirm the presence, location, and species of sharks in the area, and caution residents to use caution in the water. Anyone who sees a shark is encouraged to report it to the Maine Marine Patrol.
Mainers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Efficiency Maine website, before they need it. The semi-state run agency offers information on the best heating systems, most efficient lighting, best appliances, and even has a list of reliable and certified insured contractors.
Hunters are encouraged to apply for their any-deer permits soon, as wildlife officials expect it to be a busy season. Experts have suggested that as many as 110,000 of the permits be given out this year, which is a record high. Applications for the lottery can be made online and must be submitted by August 17th.
Two popular campgrounds in Acadia National Park will not reopen this summer. Blackwoods campground in Mount Desert and Schoodic Woods in Winter Harbor have joined Seawall campground in Southwest Harbor and Duck Harbor in Isle Au Haut in the decision to remain closed for the rest of the 2020 season.