BANGOR — Dr. Nirav Shah met with Bangor city councilors Monday to give them pandemic guidance about how COVID-19 and its delta variant is affecting the state.
“We probably need to be prepared, even for fully vaccinated folks, for the time being, to go back to wearing masks in indoor settings,” Shah said.
According to the CDC director, two to three weeks ago, case numbers, hospitalization rates, and incubation rates were looking low, but since then, all of those figures have increased dramatically and he attributed it to the delta variant.
“As of right now in Maine, the delta variant accounts for approximately 47 percent of all of the new cases in the state,” he said.
He said the delta variant is concerning for multiple reasons.
“The first and the most important is that it’s much more contagious than the other variants that we’ve seen. There’s also some data to suggest that it might also land people at the hospital at a higher rate,” Shah said.
The other reason he said are continued pockets of non-vaccinated places across the state which could make this issue drag on for weeks or even longer.
“We need to be ready to surge back up, whether its around PPE, whether it’s around vaccinations, testing, as well as case investigations, and planning for those possibilities. That’s what those at the Maine CDC are doing right now,” Shah said.