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(5TYNTK) Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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1. The United States coronavirus cases top 1.5 million. America’s death toll stands at over 90,000. All states except one, Connecticut, have loosened stay-at-home restrictions. But only 18 states showed a downward trend of new cases Monday. (CNN)

2. One new coronavirus-related death and 26 new coronavirus cases were reported in Maine on monday, bringing the death toll to 71 and the statewide case number to 1,713 of which 589 are active. Over 1,000 Mainers have recovered from the virus. (PRESS HERALD)

3. On Monday, President Donald Trump claimed he was taking hydroxychloriquine every day. The anti-malarial drug has been touted by the president for weeks, even though the FDA has issued a warning about it. The move might have been prompted by positive COVID-19 cases in the president’s personal valet and Vice President Mike Pence’s top spokeswoman. “All I can tell you is, so far I seem to be OK,” he said. “I’m still here.” (CNN)

4. Governor Janet Mills announced Monday that the Maine CDC has eliminated its testing prioritization system and is now allowing health care providers in Maine to seek testing for anyone they suspect of having COVID-19. (WGME)

5. The City of Portland has approved a program to close several streets temporarily and use the area as an open market space to help restaurants and retail stores reopen. Starting on June 1, the five streets that will be closed off are Dana, Milk, Exchange, Middle and Wharf streets. The city council says it may consider closing off additional streets in the future to help other businesses if this program turns out to be successful. (WGME)

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