1. The U.S. tops 11.5 million Covid-19 cases with over 250,000 deaths. The Maine CDC reported 4 new deaths and 156 new cases on Wednesday. Maine’s death toll is 170 with 2,120 active cases. (WMTW)
2. Gov. Janet Mills on Wednesday urged to avoid in-person Thanksgiving gatherings as COVID-19 cases continue to surge across Maine. Mill said she is not considering a stay-at-home order like was issued in the spring, but she said the state is considering other options to limit the spread of the virus. (WMTW)
3. Some Portland businesses say they’re going to start paying their workers “hazard pay”. Although city officials declared the new ordinance not enforceable until 2022, many local business owners say they fear a delay could lead to potential lawsuits. (WGME)
4. The Maine Mariners announced on Wednesday that this coming season has been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (WMTW)
5. The Great American Smokeout – The American Cancer Society’s annual effort to get people to stop smoking tobacco. The challenge is to give up smoking for 24 hours and see what happens from there.
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