STATEWIDE — It’s been about six months since the first COVID-19 case was reported in Maine.
In Tuesday’s briefing, Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah shared his ongoing concerns about the state of the pandemic in Maine.
During Tuesday’s CDC briefing, Shah went through his usual method of updating the public on the day-to-day COVID-19 case numbers, daily transmission rates and the statuses of outbreaks statewide.
But then he took time to “not sugar coat where things stand.
“The bottom line is that I am concerned where we are, Maine CDC is concerned about where we are, and thus and really everyone else aught to be concerned right now about where things stand with COVID-19 in Maine.”
He added that while Maine continues to be less affected as a whole compared to other states across the country, the spread of the virus in Maine is troubling.
“Across the state, even in areas where there have previously not been cases, let alone outbreaks, we are now starting to see them,” he said.
He referenced outbreaks in a school in Androscoggin County, a college in Cumberland county and in a nursing home in Somerset county as warning signs that COVID can explode through Maine even after months of fighting the pandemic.
“Case counts are increasing counties that previously had few cases and we have open several outbreak investigations just in the past few days in counties across the state where there were previously very few outbreaks, providing further evidence that virus is here, and by here I mean everywhere,” Shah said.
He added that all Mainers have personal choices to make that will either make the pandemic worse or make it go away.
“The gains that Maine has made against COVID-19 are ones that can and unfortunately could be washed away. However, we have an opportunity still in front of us to seize upon that and make sure that all of us are taking steps to put a lid on the COVID-19 situation in the state.”
To keep track of the coronavirus statistics, visit Maine CDC‘s website.