Bangor, Maine News Update: May 12, 2020
The Maine CDC reports one new death, of a man diagnosed with COVID-19 in his 70's from Cumberland County, taking that total to 65. The latest statistics report 1,462 cases statewide, an increase of 26 from the previous day. 872 Mainers have recovered, which is an increase of 11 from the day before.
A high speed chase with a motorcycle led to police being assaulted by the suspect's family members, as they tried to take possession of the abandoned bike. Now, officials are asking for the public's help locating the driver, Clarence Rider the third. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Somerset County Sheriff's Office.
Bath Iron Works is resuming its normal attendance policies, since no employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since April 2nd. Since then, employees were given the option of taking excusable leave. All employees are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings the shipyard has provided for them.
A group of high school robotics students would usually be competing this time of year, but are now using their free time to make protective face shields for people on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. So far, they've made more than 2 hundred of the shields and have donated them to the Maine CDC. Financial donations to help their cause can be made on the Delta Prime Robotics Go Fund Me page.
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has issued a permit to CMP for construction of the New England Clean Energy Connect project. While this is a significant step, approval is still needed from the Army corps of engineers, and a presidential permit to cross the Canadian border. Most of the line would be built along CMP's existing corridor, but about a third of the length would travel through commercial timberland in western Maine.
The Maine National Guard will pay tribute to healthcare workers and others on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic today through a series of flyovers. A KC-135 will be flown over several communities today as part of Operation American Resolve. In Bangor, the plane will fly over the Bangor Veterans Home, EMMC, and St. Joseph's Hospital at roughly 1:00.