Bangor, Maine News Update: November 16, 2020
The Maine CDC is reporting 151 new cases of COVID-19 statewide, 84 more people who have recovered, and two additional deaths. Massachusetts has been removed from Maine's travel exemption list. Now, visitors from Massachusetts must quarantine for 14 days or have negative results from a COVID-19 test, within 72 hours of arriving in the state.
Husson University has converted to all-remote learning for this week, in reaction to an outbreak of at least 15 cases of COVID-19. WABI-TV reports the affected students do not live on campus and attended a Halloween party together.
People showing symptoms of COVID-19 can now get tested at one of 10 Walgreens locations around the state. Participating locations include Union Street in Bangor, High Street in Ellsworth, and China Street in Winslow. The plan is to have 65 testing sites open by next week. Appointments are required for testing.
Acadia National Park is delaying a requirement for motorists to get reservations to park at Thunder Hole and Sand Beach, but will move forward with the same requirement for Cadillac Mountain. During a trial period last month, park rangers discovered that inadequate cellphone service on Ocean Drive made it difficult for visitors to prove they had a reservation.
A Christmas light display in Boothbay, that brings visitors from around the state, has found an innovative way to continue this year, despite health restrictions. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens will continue their tradition of lighting up the peninsula, but this year it will be a drive-through experience. Find more information on the Gardens Aglow Facebook page.
A car parade in Brewer on Saturday wished a local veteran a happy 100th birthday. Ed Hendrickson wore a party hat, a Happy Birthday mask, and proudly displayed his WWII walking stick, as he waved at the passers-by.
Lone Spruce Farm in Dedham is collecting donations of support supplies for people who are in quarantine, due to COVID-19 exposure, and are delivering packages to those in need. They're collecting everything from toilet paper to decongestants, sports drinks to soup. Find more information on the Lone Spruce Farm Facebook page.