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Playing God with public health

Playing God with public health

SANFORD — Yellow caution tape winds around empty playgrounds, ball fields and basketball courts. Schools, no longer safe for in-person learning, are shut down. Outbreaks at social clubs, schools, fire departments and local businesses continue to spike.  Like seeds in...
The preacher and the outbreak

The preacher and the outbreak

As news broke about Calvary Baptist Church’s COVID-19 outbreak, Pastor Todd Bell shined his black shoes. Before the Sanford reverend spoke to his church, Bell took a picture of his polished wingtips and his leather-bound black Bible resting on the corner of his desk. ...
Navigating number fatigue: How to understand COVID-19 in Maine

Navigating number fatigue: How to understand COVID-19 in Maine

During the past five months of the coronavirus pandemic, Mainers and other Americans have been inundated with numbers. Confirmed COVID-19 cases per capita. Death rates. Test positivity rates. Hospitalization rates. Available ICU beds.  There is a staggering number of...
Coronavirus in Maine: Timeline

Coronavirus in Maine: Timeline

The first Mainer suspected of contracting COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, returned from a trip to Italy on March 6 with symptoms of a cold. By then, more than 100,000 people had been infected by the coronavirus worldwide, COVID-19 had claimed...