AUGUSTA – Maine’s positive COVID-19 cases are expected to continue increasing in the days and weeks ahead.
That was the word from Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah Friday afternoon.
He blamed some of the increase on community transmission, as well as a projected increase from Thanksgiving gatherings.
“I fear that this may sadly be our new normal. And even worse, I expect it to get worse,” Shah said. “Perhaps even far worse.”
During Friday’s CDC briefing, Shah also announced the quarantine time period was being reduced from 14 days to 10.
The CDC director also announced the state has placed its first vaccine allotment request of 12,675 vaccines.
He said he expects the allotment requests will continue for weeks and months before everyone in Maine who wants to be vaccinated receives one.
Also Friday, the CDC reported 290 new positive cases of COVID-19, four new COVID-related deaths, and 164 hospitalizations due to the virus.