AUGUSTA — While Gov. Janet Mills remains in quarantine, it was announced a member of her security detail tested positive for COVID-19.
The governor said Wednesday afternoon she was not exhibiting any symptoms of the virus.
“While we’re planning for all possibilities, including no relief package, additional federal funding will be instrumental to Maine’s continued efforts to combat the virus, and to distribute the vaccine effectively and fairly, and to chart a course for full economic recovery for the coming months and years.,” Mills said.
Mills also urged Congress to pass a COVID-19 relief package before the end of the year, when the flow of federal funding stops.
She said if Congress fails to act before Dec. 30, its lack of action will create a perfect storm of trouble.
She said if the federal funding dries up, it could mean virus test sites would have to close and extended unemployment benefits would cease.
Also Wednesday, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported four Mainers died after contracting COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 218, plus 232 more people tested posited for the virus, bringing the total cases to date to 12,208.
Additionally, York and Cumberland counties saw the largest increase of new cases with 37 and 36 respectively.
Penobscot County reported the third highest number of new cases with 35.