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Gov. Mills extends COVID-19 state of emergency as virus takes toll on Maine – WMTW Portland

Gov. Janet Mills extended the coronavirus state of civil emergency for another 30 days on Tuesday, the 11th time she has done so since the pandemic began in Maine.The state of civil emergency now runs through Feb. 27.Mills said her decision is in line with nearly every other state in the nation that has ongoing emergency declarations.“Our administration is working around the clock to take the limited and inconsistent supply of vaccine we receive from the Federal government and turn it around quickly and efficiently to make sure it gets into the arms of as many Maine people as possible. But as we do this, the pandemic rages on all around us,” Mills said in a statement. “I urge all Maine people to take the steps we know that keep everybody safe — wear your mask, wash your hands, watch your distance and avoid gatherings, whether you’ve been vaccinated or not. These things will keep us all safe during the pandemic and give us a better shot of getting back to normal sooner.”The governor said the state of civil emergency allows the state to use federal resources and to deploy all available tools to respond to the pandemic.Mill said that since Dec. 19, Maine has recorded 15,523 new cases of COVID-19, which represents 45% of all COVID-19 cases in the state since the beginning of the pandemic. Since that date, 298 Maine people have been hospitalized with COVID-19 and 227 died, representing 23% of all COVID-related hospitalizations and 44% of all COVID-related deaths in Maine since the beginning of the pandemic.Under Maine law, civil states of emergency may only be issued in 30-day increments.

Gov. Janet Mills extended the coronavirus state of civil emergency for another 30 days on Tuesday, the 11th time she has done so since the pandemic began in Maine.

The state of civil emergency now runs through Feb. 27.

Mills said her decision is in line with nearly every other state in the nation that has ongoing emergency declarations.

“Our administration is working around the clock to take the limited and inconsistent supply of vaccine we receive from the Federal government and turn it around quickly and efficiently to make sure it gets into the arms of as many Maine people as possible. But as we do this, the pandemic rages on all around us,” Mills said in a statement. “I urge all Maine people to take the steps we know that keep everybody safe — wear your mask, wash your hands, watch your distance and avoid gatherings, whether you’ve been vaccinated or not. These things will keep us all safe during the pandemic and give us a better shot of getting back to normal sooner.”

The governor said the state of civil emergency allows the state to use federal resources and to deploy all available tools to respond to the pandemic.

Mill said that since Dec. 19, Maine has recorded 15,523 new cases of COVID-19, which represents 45% of all COVID-19 cases in the state since the beginning of the pandemic.

Since that date, 298 Maine people have been hospitalized with COVID-19 and 227 died, representing 23% of all COVID-related hospitalizations and 44% of all COVID-related deaths in Maine since the beginning of the pandemic.

Under Maine law, civil states of emergency may only be issued in 30-day increments.

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