Bangor, Maine News Update: March 27, 2020
The Maine CDC reports 155 people with COVID-19, as of Thursday at noon. Dr.Nirav Shah says 22 are hospitalized and 16 have recovered. He emphasizes that social distancing is still key to slowing the spread of the illness, as well as washing hands frequently.
An employee of RH Foster's Freshies store in Winterport has been diagnosed with COVID-19, causing the company to close the location, to allow for extensive cleaning and sanitizing. Employees from other locations have been brought in to run the store, while the usual staff spends time under observation in quarantine at home.
Governor Janet Mills has extended the state income tax deadline to July 15th, aligning it with the Federal government similar move. She said she hopes this move will give some measure of relief for people who are already struggling financially due to the pandemic. Find more information at Maine dot gov.
The United Way of Eastern Maine and 211 Maine are working together, to help Mainers know how to access the goods and services they need, and to fund the non-profits who provide them. Donations to their cause can be made at United Way EM dot org. Learn more about these two organizations and how to help on our Sunday morning program, Maine Concerns.
Literacy Volunteers of Bangor isn't letting the social distancing order get in the way of their annual fundraising Literacy Tea. Residents are invited to fix a plate of snacks and a pot of tea, put on their fancy duds, and post pictures on the Literacy Tea Facebook page this Sunday, while listening to two local authors read one of their books.
An Orrington 11-year-old couldn't have a birthday party, because of social distancing, and so the community got together yesterday and held a Happy Birthday parade. Noah Rodriguez stood outside his family home on Route 15 and waved at a firetruck, sheriff's cruiser, and a line of vehicles, as the occupants honked their horns, sounded sirens, and yelled Happy Birthday.