Bangor, Maine News Update: June 2, 2020
The Maine CDC reports there have been 2,349 cases of COVID-19, so far in the state, which is an increase of 24 from the previous day. There have been no news deaths, and 1,586 people have recovered from the virus, an increase of 34.
President Donald Trump is reportedly planning a trip to Maine on Friday, to visit with workers for Puritan Medical Products. The company that has facilities in Guilford and Pittsfield makes medical swabs for COVID-19 testing. Governor Mills has expressed concerns that the president's visit could cause security problems for the state.
Brewer Police say racist comments posted on the Deputy Mayor's Facebook account were put there by hackers. Now, police are enlisting help from state and federal resources to find those responsible for the posts on Thomas Morelli's account.
A protest in Bangor last night was generally peaceful, with no hints of violence. A large group of people gathered near city hall at around 5:30 and then made their way to the police station, with police officers kneeling in support and a moment of silence for George Floyd. Officers did don riot gear at the end of the evening, when some protestors lingered and began arguing amongst themselves, but there are no reports of any force being necessary.
The Fryeburg Fair for 2020 has been cancelled due to the pandemic. Organizers say social distancing would be nearly impossible, and so they decided, in the interest of public health, not to hold the fair this year. They say the capitol campaign will continue and they look forward to the next Fryeburg Fair in October of 2020.
A group that works to feed the hungry in Waldo County will hold a virtual telethon today, to raise money for elderly residents and children who are foold insecure. The telethon will be broadcast from 1 to 7 on the Jessica Connor for Maine Facebook page, or folks can send checks to the Searsport First Congregational Church.