Bangor, Maine News Update: March 15, 2021
The Maine CDC reports 170 new cases of COVID-19. Health officials say 508 COVID vaccinations have been given, so far in the state. Nearly 24% of Maine’s population has received at least the first dose, while nearly 14% is fully vaccinated.
Fire officials are reminding residents of the importance of working smoke detectors after a busy weekend. Three apartments were damaged in two separate fires in Bangor, as well as a commercial garage in Anson and a home in Troy. No injuries have been reported.
Governor Mills announced last week that Maine will follow President Biden’s directive, and speed up the delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine. Starting on April 1st, residents age 50 and over will be eligible to get the vaccine, while all other Mainers will be able to get vaccinated beginning May 1st. Currently, anyone 60 and over, as well as school staff and faculty, and child care workers are eligible.
The Maine Department of Labor is warning residents of an online fraud in which scammers claiming to offer help with unemployment claims. Officials say the labor department will never ask for personal or sensitive information via social media platforms or direct messages.
The Penobscot Theatre Company is hoping to get some sponsors to help them maintain the historic Bangor Opera House and continue on. They’re running a Centennial Patron fundraiser, during which they hope to get 100 sponsors to pledge $1,000 each. Find more information about how to contribute on the Penobscot Theatre's website.
Mainers are once again being reminded to check the state’s unclaimed property list for the chance to find some cash they may not even know is waiting for them. The fund keeps track of things like the balance of overpaid bills or money left behind in closed bank accounts.