Coronavirus – Maine #s
(Augusta) – Maine saw the total number of Coronavirus cases jump to 3,867 during the weekend, while the number of deaths remained at 117. The Maine Center for Disease Control says 3,148 Mainers have recovered from the virus, leaving 422-active cases. Hospitals are currently treating 10 Coronavirus cases, nine in critical care beds, and 7 on ventilators.
Linn – Ballot
(Augusta) – A State Senator from Bath has dropped her challenge to signatures gathered by a Bar Harbor man who will appear on the statewide US Senate ballot in Maine this fall. Mary Small had contended that signatures from Max Linn had irregularities, but after requesting a delay in the challenge last week, dropped the challenge a day later. Linn’s name will likely appear on the same ballot as incumbent Susan Collins and Democrat Sara Gideon along with another third party candidate.
RCV Petition Rejected
(Augusta) – When Maine voters cast ballots for President in November, they will use ranked choice voting. The Secretary of State’s Office confirms they did not receive enough signatures to place repeal of ranked-choice voting on the November ballot. Spokeswoman Kristen Muszynski tells Star 97-7 petitioners need signature from at least 10-percent of the number of voters who cast ballots in the last gubernatorial election. Muszynski says because the petition question failed to gather enough signatures, ranked choice voting will stay.
(Augusta) The Maine CDC and DHHS have developed a 3-tier health advisory system to categorize counties based on their current public health risk. These designations are intended to help educators make decisions about their teaching plans this fall. Governor Janet Mills says each county will receive color code. Maine CDC director Dr Nirav Shah says schools conducting in-class learning will be required to do symptom screening, physical distancing, enforcing masks and good hygiene for children, and equipping the staff with personal protective equipment.
(Marshfield) Two young men from Machiasport are charged after damaging a trooper’s personal vehicle. Maine state police report to Star 97-7 that Sergeant Jeff Ingemi’s wife awoke at 3:30 in the morning last Thursday to the sound of gunshots outside their Marshfield home. Sergeant Ingemi went outside to find the window of his truck shattered. The Maine State Police Tactical Team arrested 20-year-old Alfred “AJ” Polk is charged with Reckless Conduct with a Dangerous Weapon. 21-year-old Dylan Nevala is charged with Hindering Apprehension.
(Augusta) Maine saw 127 drug overdose deaths during the first 3 months of 2020. That’s a 23% increase over the fourth quarter of 2019. The Office of the Attorney General and the Office of Chief Medical Examiner released figures on Friday attributing the increase to effects of the pandemic, though the pandemic didn’t start until mid-March. The report says interruptions in drug supplies internationally have resulted in substitutions and combinations that may be contributing to additional vulnerabilities to overdose.
New Area Code
(Augusta) A public commission examining whether Maine needs to add a new area code says it’s likely necessary. The statewide 207 area code is “exhausted” and there are not enough available numbers to meet expected demand. But Maine’s Public Utilities Commission also found that only 37% of numbers with a 207 area code were in use. The investigation is asking telecommunications companies to provide information about unused 207 numbers they hold. But the commission also expects that a new area code is the most likely option for Maine.
- Pitcher Colin McHugh has opted out of the 2020 season for the Red Sox, a week before the shortened season is slated to start.
- Former Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard is back in the major leagues, on the roster for the Colorado Rockies. Bard could throw 100-miles an hour, but had control problems with the Sox.
- John Rahm won the Memorial tourney on the PGA tour, making him the top seeded golfer in the world.
- The Canadian Government has now said the Toronto Blue Jays cannot play at the Rogers Center. The Jays are looking for a major league stadium in which to play ball.