Bangor, Maine News Update: July 31, 2020
The Maine CDC reports 22 new cases of COVID-19 and 9 more people have recovered. Another person diagnosed with the virus has passed away, a man in his 80’s from Kennebec County. Today, the Maine Department of Education is expected to release its color coding for schools, to help determine whether students can go back to class in the fall or whether they'll continue with distance learning.
Another blueberry processing business has employees who have tested positive for COVID19. The Maine CDC says Merrill Farms in Ellsworth has 3 workers with the virus. At Hancock Farms, 3 more employees have tested positive, for a total of 8.
Governor Janet Mills has dedicated another 5 million dollars in federal funds to rent relief, in an effort to keep Mainers in their homes. Renters can begin to apply for the relief funds, which will be paid to landlords directly, starting on Monday.
The Bureau of Parks and Lands has tightened restrictions on swimmers in several state parks, after a possible shark sighting off Popham Beach. Now, officials say swimmers at Popham State Park can only go ankle-deep in the water and at Reid State Park, they’re limited to knee-deep water, although the lagoon is still pen. And water access at Ferry State Park and Crescent Beach State Park is limited to waist-deep water.
Island Connections, a service that provides rides for doctor’s appointments and errands to MDI’s senior and disabled residents, is looking for volunteer drivers. In addition, they’re collecting donations toward a matching donation of up to ten thousand dollars.
A 3-year-old on Verona Island got his wish when he received his very own pop-up camper and lots of camping gear, courtesy of Make-a-Wish Maine. 3-year-old Grayson Wentworth is halfway through his cancer treatments. Find more information about this group that continues to grant wishes to children with critical illnesses, despite the pandemic, on the Make a Wish Maine website.
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.