Bangor, Maine News Update: June 9, 2020
The Maine CDC reports there have been 2,588 cases of COVID-19 so far in the state, which is an increase of 18 since the previous day. 1,891 residents have recovered for an increase of 27.
Governor Janet Mills has announced an alternative to the 14-day quarantine for out of state visitors, including asking them to sign a certificate of compliance to attest that they have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of their visit. The plan will also increase symptom checks at places where tourists tend to gather. The plan goes into effect on July 1st, when Maine lodging businesses can begin hosting out-of-state visitors.
Hope House Health and Living Center in Bangor is reporting no more active cases among its patrons and staff members. All 20 people who were infected with the virus have recovered after being isolated at a local hotel. This was the city’s only group outbreak, to date, and the largest to affect a Maine homeless shelter.
The latest event to be canceled honors one of Maine’s most unique products. The annual Moxie festival, that celebrates a beverage most seem to either love or hate, has been canceled for this year. As with other events, social distancing would be impossible for the festival that draws thousands to the town of Lisbon.
Maine’s bicentennial commission has postponed its 200th birthday celebrations til next year, out of public health concerns. Organizers say they’re disappointed that the events can’t be held this year, but are excited for next year, when the state will celebrate it’s two-hundred-first birthday.
Bangor Farmers’ Market has made some changes to accommodate social distancing and safety protocols. Vendors and customers are encouraged to wear masks, vendors-alone are allowed to handle food, and some vendors are even taking online pre-orders. Find more information on the Bangor Farmer's Market website.