Bangor, Maine News Update: May 27, 2020
The Maine CDC says there has been one new death from COVID-19, of a man in his 80's from Cumberland County. The latest statistics report 2,109 cases of the virus in the state so far, which is an increase of 36 from the previous day. 28 more people have recovered, for a total of 1,318. Currently there are 791 active cases in the state.
Delta Air Lines will temporarily suspend service out of Bangor International Airport, a decision officials say is due to the pandemic. It's not clear the exact date when service will cease out of Bangor. BIA officials say Delta will be reaching out to customers directly to make travel recommendations.
May is National Stroke Awareness Month and so, especially in a pandemic when people are afraid to go to the hospital, Northern Light Health reminds them to remember FAST. F stand for face drooping, A for arm weakness, S is for speech difficulty, and T is time to call 911 if you see any combination of these symptoms. The quicker a stroke patient gets treatment, the better their chances of recovery.
The Community Health Leadership Board has kicked off a regional campaign in the greater Bangor area to encourage people to wear and donate masks. Mask up for ME hopes to educate residents about the need to wear masks in public.
A couple who got tired of looking at the trash along U.S. Route 1A in Ellsworth and knew that the annual spring clean-up had been cancelled due to the pandemic, decided to do it themselves. Edward and Jackie Grohoski, from the community-led Green Plan, started on April 19th on one side and are now cleaning the other side.
On Memorial Day, two MDI students were honored as Lamoine's co-citizens of the year for 2019. Kasey Jordan and LIly Philbrook were supposed to receive their awards in March, but the presentation was postponed due to the pandemic. The Memorial Day ceremony was fitting since the teens were honored for their years of dedication to Veterans.