Bangor, Maine News Update: March 18, 2021
The Maine CDC reports 203 new cases of COVID-19 statewide. Dr. Nirav Shah says a communication issue caused them to originally report only 85 cases on Wednesday, but the total was revised once the problem was discovered.
Police say the death of an Ellsworth woman earlier this week is no longer considered suspicious. Kathie Cote had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Officials say, out of respect for her family, no further information will be released.
4 people are facing aggravated drug trafficking charges, as the result of an investigation into activities at a Bangor motel. Agents seized over $100,000 worth of fentanyl and cocaine, as well as a handgun and thousands in cash.
Northern Light Health is working on renovations to an Ellsworth building in order to open a COVID-19 vaccination clinic. The facility is scheduled to be fully operational by April 1st, in the former Family Dollar store, in the building next to Shaw's. The goal is for the clinic to administer about 750 shots per day.
Maine is looking to hire someone who will head up the state's marijuana safety campaign. Residents voted to legalize marijuana in 2016, and retail sales finally began last year, once legislators had created an infrastructure. Find more information about the position and how to apply on the website for the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy.
It's National Sleep Awareness Week and the Northern Light Sleep Center is spreading the word about the importance of getting adequate quality sleep, especially for maintaining a healthy immune system. Sleep disorders in children have been linked to behavioral problems, including attention deficit disorder. Find more information on the website for Northern Light Sleep Diagnostics.
The Piscataquis Regional YMCA is planning to hold its dinner-dance-auction in June, and is looking for sponsors to donate items to be put up for bid. In addition, they're hoping to hear from anyone interested in volunteering for the event.