Bangor, Maine News Update: September 29, 2020
The Maine CDC reports 15 more cases of COVID-19 statewide and 32 more people who have recovered. All 8th grade students and a dozen teachers at Camden-Rockport Middle schools are under quarantine after a person associated with the school tested positive for the virus. Students will quarantine for 14 days, while teachers may be back at work sooner, if they get a negative test result.
A new tracker, through the Maine Secretary of State's office, will allow voters to check the status of their absentee ballots. Residents will need to enter their name, date of birth, and city of residence to check on the progress of their ballot.
A company that's working to develop a drug to help heart attack victims recover has moved into a new laboratory space in Ellsworth. Novo Biosciences was granted a patent in 2016 for Tordusquemine, which could help stimulate the formation of new heart muscle after an acute heart attack The research is still in its early stages, so developers told the Ellsworth American it could be years before it's ready and approved by the FDA.
Meals on Wheels is looking for volunteers to fill a number of positions, including drivers and meal packers, as the demand for services has jumped due to seniors isolating in their homes during the pandemic. Volunteers are needed in several areas, including Penobscot, Hancock, and Washington Counties.
Residents are invited to give the gift of life today at a blood drive in Bangor. The Purple Iris Foundation and Angel Advocates will host the blood drive from 8 to 1 at the Sea Dog. All donated blood will be given COVID-19 antibody screenings, with results back in 7 to 10 days.
Registrations are still being accepted for this Saturday's Hike for the Homeless, to benefit the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter. The virtual event will include a live online celebration and a chance to win prizes.