• Maine April 21, 2022 12:01 am

    Maine Resident Dies of Rare Tick-Borne Virus

    Maine public health officials are urging people in the state to take certain precautions in order to prevent tick bites after a person there died of Powassan virus. The rare illness is tick-borne, transmitted in bites from woodchuck or deer ticks and can cause severe health problems like brain and spinal inflammation, along with vomiting, fever and seizures. According to…

  • masks July 30, 2021 12:40 am

    New CDC Mask Guidance Sparks Confusion in Maine, Where Data Appeared to Shift

    People in Maine are trying to make sense of the new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indoor mask recommendations echoed by the state during a news briefing Wednesday afternoon. At the time, the state was emphasizing that the federal health regulator had labelled York and Piscataquis counties as having “substantial” COVID-19 transmission, recommending that people there wear...

  • mask mandate July 29, 2021 9:12 pm

    Mask Mandates Cause Confusion in Maine

    Mask mandates are required in some Maine counties, but not others. The renewed COVID-19 precaution is causing confusion in many parts of the state.

  • Waldo County July 20, 2021 12:43 pm

    9-Year-Old Fatally Injured by Tow Truck in Parking Lot

    Police say a 9-year-old boy is dead following an incident involving a tow truck in Belfast, Maine. Emergency crews responded Monday afternoon to a parking lot where the boy was injured. He was taken to Waldo County General Hospital where he died. Police declined to provide additional details about the incident, and the boy’s name was not immediately released....

  • Maine July 14, 2021 9:06 pm

    Ex-Maine School Director Accused of Assaulting, Sexually Touching Girl, 13

    The former director of a technical school in Maine has been arrested for assaulting and sexually touching a teenage girl, authorities said Wednesday.

  • Maine Center for Disease Control June 29, 2021 6:54 pm

    1st Case of Powassan Tick Virus Reported in Maine This Year

    The first case this year of a potentially fatal tick-born virus has been discovered in Maine, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday. The Powassan virus — caused by the bites of infected deer ticks or woodchuck ticks — can result in fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, seizures and memory loss, according to the Maine CDC. It…

  • Maine October 26, 2020 10:26 pm

    Maine Virus Count Tops 50 on Consecutive Days After Lull

    Maine has posted more than 50 new coronavirus cases on back-to-back days for the first time since May. The state’s total number of reported cases of coronavirus has increased by 58, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday. The state reported 59 new cases on Sunday. The last time the state had consecutive case counts of more…

  • Maine October 23, 2020 12:38 am

    COVID-19 Outbreak Centered on Maine Church Grows Again

    A coronavirus outbreak at a rural Maine church has infected dozens of people, authorities said, and an investigation that originally centered around the church has found more cases in area schools. On Wednesday, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention advised in a release that “individuals who spent any time at the Brooks Pentecostal Church or Lighthouse Christian Academy…

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