The Maine CDC is reporting 156 new cases of COVID-19, 4 additional deaths, and 204 more people who have recovered. Governor Janet Mills is encouraging Mainers to consider whether in-person gatherings are necessary for Thanksgiving and, if so, what precautions can be taken to keep everyone safe.

Central Maine Power has ranked in last place on J.D. Power Company's survey of residential and business customers of 88 utility companies. CMP was at the top of the list in 2013, but has fallen to last place after massive errors made by a new billing system. In addition, CMP has been criticized for a billion-dollar transmission line through Western Maine.

Dr. Nirav Shah says identifying possible symptoms of COVID-19 has become more challenging in recent weeks because of the common cold. Labs across the state are reporting an increasing number of cases of rhinovirus, which has symptoms that mirror COVID. His advice to anyone experiencing symptoms like cough, sore throat, and fever is to get tested, even if you believe it’s a cold.

Washington County is getting a second COVID-19 testing site. Residents don’t need a doctor’s note or symptoms to get tested at the University of Maine at Machias, but appointments are required. Testing will be done from noon to 4 on Mondays.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will hold a coffee chat on Friday to discuss gearing up for winter activities. Officials will discuss why it’s important to take part in outdoor activities and types of gear are needed to be safe. Join the discussion, beginning at 9:30 Friday morning on the Me Fish Wildlife YouTube page.

Kids can talk to Santa on Saturday, November 28th, in a drive-through event at the Anah Shrine building on Broadway in Bangor. From 9 am to 3 pm, families can drive up to Santa, as he sits in his sleigh, and even take their own pictures in a designated area. Find more information on the Anah Shriners Facebook page.