AUGUSTA – Maine Governor Janet Mills is in quarantine after she was exposed to someone who may have COVID-19.
That’s according to a statement from the governor’s office Tuesday night.
Governor Mills says she feels well and is not experiencing any symptoms.
She says this serves as a reminder that no one is immune from exposure to COVID-19.
The person she was exposed to is a member of her executive protection unit, with whom she shared a car ride while both were wearing face coverings. That person started developing symptoms Monday and is awaiting the results of a PCR test, the statement said.
The governor will be taking a COVID-19 test on Thursday, which marks five days since the likely exposure, within the recommended time period for testing. Her office will release the results once they’re available
She will be quarantining at the Blaine House through December 12, according to the statement, per current CDC guidelines.
Mills was supposed to swear in the 130th Legislature Wednesday, December 2. Instead, Andrew Mead, who is the Acting Chief Justice of the state Supreme Judicial Court, will swear in the new legislature, the statement said.
“I am going to continue working as hard as I can on behalf of Maine people during this quarantine; but putting a lid on this virus will also require hard work by every person all across the state,” Mills said in the statement. “I know people are tired, and I know it can be difficult to take the necessary precautions, but with the number of new cases and the number of people hospitalized, it is more important than ever before that we protect each other’s health and safety.”
She urged people to wear masks, watch their distance, and wash their hands. “If you come into contact with someone who may have the virus, follow CDC guidelines and avoid contact with others for the required period,” she added.