LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Bates College is considering putting up students in local hotels as it tries to figure out where to safely house students in a pandemic.

The Maine college told students recently it is “working quickly to add to our existing housing resources" to ensure everyone has a place to stay.

“We need to make sure we can house our new and returning students,” spokesperson Mary Pols told the Sun Journal. The college also needs extra beds for students who may fall ill.

Adding to the difficulty: It's unclear how many of its 1,800 students are going to show up at its Lewiston campus starting in about a month.

In other news related to the pandemic in Maine:


Maine officials reported an increase of 14 to its total tally of confirmed new cases of the virus on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases in the state since the pandemic began to more than 3,700. The number of deaths held steady at 118.

For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older adults and the infirm, it can cause more severe illness and can lead to death.



A long-term care facility in Lewiston is the site of 11 reported cases of coronavirus, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention director Nirav Shah said Thursday.

The cases at Marshwood Center include eight residents and three staff members, Shah said. He said the state is in the early stages of an investigation of the outbreak at the facility.

The first positive resident case was discovered on Monday and everyone was tested on Tuesday, said Richard Feifer, chief medical officer for Genesis Healthcare, the owner of Marshwood. He said all residents and staff will be retested on Friday.

“We also continue to follow the direction of the Maine Department of Health in an effort to contain and minimize the spread of the virus,” Feifer said.



The Maine Department of Labor recorded some 2,200 initial claims for state unemployment insurance for the week ending July 18. There were 1,600 initial claims for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, the department said.

Those claims represent about 2,300 individuals filing an initial claim. More than 4,000 individuals filed initial claims during the last full week of June.

The new claims arrived as the state is continuing to combat fraudulent claims. The department said it also canceled about 1,300 initial claims and 195 weekly certifications that were deemed fraudulent during the same week.

The department has received about 20,000 reports of unemployment impostor fraud.