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    Martin's Point health care providers stand in front of the drive-thru COVID-19 testing site. In addition to caring for their primary care patients, they have all been working in the COVID-19 testing site and Acute Respiratory clinics. From left, Dr. James Riddleberger, Registered Nurse Lacey Lamson, Medical Assistant Victoria Best, Nurse Practitioner Anne Thomas and Dr. Brad Huot.

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    Isaac Shaw, 16, works at the checkout counter at the IGA in Cape Elizabeth. Shaw, who is from Saco, started the job five weeks ago after his other job shut down temporarily because of the coronavirus pandemic. He works at the store every day but Wednesdays. "I'm prepared," Shaw said. "I know it is a risk, but someone has to do it I guess."

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    Paul Strand sits in the booth at the Elm Street Parking Garage. Strand has worked as an attendant at the garage, which is operated by the City of Portland, for more than six years. He wears a mask and gloves and wipes the booth down often while on the job. He says that the number of vehicles parking in the garage is way down. "Mostly, it was folks at City Hall and the library, and they're both closed," he says. Strand also used to work part time as a school crossing guard, a job that ended when schools switched to remote learning.

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    Clowie Peck grabs an item for a customer who called in an order at Maine Hardware on Wednesday. Peck has worked at the store for about three months. "All the protections in place make it better, but I am still a bit nervous," Peck said. Face shields are mandatory for employees on the floor.

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    Ernie Hughes, a Metro bus driver for 13 years, waits for passengers to board while driving Line 1 in Portland. Drivers and passengers are required to wear face masks, and the Metro maintenance staff disinfects the buses at least twice a day. Despite the exposure risk, Hughes says that he is happy to be working. "I'm very fortunate to have a job right now," he says.

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    Alicia Caterina, a deckhand for Casco Bay Lines, removes a cargo net on the car deck of the Machigonne II as the ferry approaches the terminal in Portland. Casco Bay Lines has temporarily reduced service on their ferries to minimize exposure to COVID-19 for staff and riders. With ridership down dramatically, they also extended off-season rates until two weeks after a return to regularly scheduled service.

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    Bob Byrnes, left, hands his son Josh Byrnes a tool while they work on a car at 3G's Tire and Auto on Friday. Josh Byrnes is the shop manager, and his father is the floor manager. Josh said the shop normally services about 45 cars a day but now is servicing 15-20. "It is unpredictable though," Josh said. "Tuesday we had 30 cars, and the next day we only had 10."

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    Deborah Jendrasko waits for students and parents to pick up school lunches at Portland High School. Jendrasko has been making and handing out lunches everyday. "We just want to feed people," she said.

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    Eric Pray lobsters with his father off of Custom House Wharf a couple of days a week and also runs a seafood home delivery service seven days a week. "Most of the delivery clients are older, in their 70s or 80s," Pray said.

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    Tim Holder of Carlsbad, NM, makes a quick stop at Gray Service Plaza, while hauling a load of potatoes to a Pringles factory in Jackson, TN. "A lot of the normal work has stopped for us," he said. "I am still busy but making less money". Tim works for Brady Trucking, which is based out of Utah, and picked up the haul of potatoes in New Brunswick.

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