Long Creek youth center testing staff, detainees for virus
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Long Creek youth center testing staff, detainees for virus

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Long Creek Youth Development Center is testing all staff and residents for the new coronavirus after a youth detainee tested positive for the virus.

The Maine Department of Corrections announced the decision to adopt universal testing Sunday after learning of the positive test result. The youth was tested Friday before being released; test results became available Saturday, officials said.

The minor was asymptomatic while at the detention center and is now self-quarantining, officials said.

In addition to campus-wide testing, the South Portland detention center is stepping up precautions to prevent the spread of the virus, including medical monitoring and use of personal protective equipment. There are more than 200 residents and staff members at the facility.

In other coronavirus-related news:

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THE NUMBERS

Maine reported 28 more cases of the virus Monday along with an additional death. That brought the total reported cases to 3,219 and the number of deaths to 105.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

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SHIPYARD OUTBREAK

Bath Iron Works reported Monday that two more shipbuilders have tested positive for the coronavirus after another worker tested positive last week.

The two workers had been carpooling with the worker who previously tested positive, the shipyard said. They are receiving medical care and have been instructed to self-isolate, the shipyard said.

Machinists Union Local S6 was working to see who may have come into contact with the workers during a strike. Many of the workers have not been wearing masks on the picket lines.

The union wants to make sure anyone who had contact with the workers gets tested, said spokesman Tim Suitter.

Striking workers have been getting mixed messages about masks because police have told workers to remove face coverings, Suitter said. Masks are available in the union hall if workers need them, he said.

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DEBIT CARDS

Maine's independent Sen. Angus King has joined a group of 15 senators in asking the Treasury Department to provide answers about problems some residents have had after receiving CARES Act stimulus payments as debit cards. King and the other senators said the program has included additional fees. Some residents have also been confused by the cards and thrown them out, he said.

King has also called for direct cash payments to be the standard.

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OUT OF STATE TOURISTS

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention director Nirav Shah said the state is preparing for the possibility of out-of-state tourists arriving from states where the virus has been surging lately. The state is requiring tourists who stay at lodging establishments such as hotels to provide proof of a negative test for COVID-19.

Shah said Maine is working to quantify the relative safety of other states based on their incidence of the virus.

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PORTLAND BAR SCENE

The Portland Police Department said businesses in the Old Port district are in compliance with restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus.

Many were outraged when photos circulated on social media of a large group of people, many without face coverings, Friday night on Wharf Street, which is home to numerous restaurants and bars.

Police stepped up patrols Saturday night, and the sweep yielded no violations or fines, said police spokesman Lt. Robert Martin.

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UNITY COLLEGE

Unity College will continue with remote learning this fall.

Officials made the decision to teach classes remotely through the spring of 2021. Remote or online courses will be offered at the online tuition rate, which is significantly less than tuition for in-person learning.

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This story has been corrected to say the state has reported 3,219 cases of the virus, not 3,221.

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