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Maine individual tests positive for coronavirus, Gov. Mills says

By Gillian Graham, Portland Press Herald | Mar 12, 2020
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One person tested positive for coronavirus in Maine, Gov. Janet Mills said March 12.

The individual is a woman in her 50s who lives in Androscoggin County and is quarantined at her home, the governor said in a press release and at a live press conference at the State House.

The test is a presumptive positive, which must be confirmed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control, Mills said. State health officials are speaking to the woman and her doctor to assess her travel history and possible community exposure.

The governor also announced she is temporarily suspending all non-essential out-of-state work by state employees, which a number of other states have done.

And she recommended – but did not order – cancellation or postponement of gathering of 250 or more people in Maine. She said that she is not recommending that schools be closed.

Maine has tested a total of 85 people for coronavirus, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced on its website Thursday. The posting said 65 people have tested negative and 20 test results are pending.

Mills was joined at the press conference by Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Nirav Shah, Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew and Kirsten Figueroa, commissioner of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, the governor’s office announced Thursday morning.

Mills plans to announce actions the state is taking and recommending to prepare for a response to the 2019 novel coronavirus, according to her office.

Maine is the only New England state without any confirmed infections of the COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus, which has sickened more than 118,000 people in 114 countries and killed nearly 4,300 worldwide, according to figures from the World Health Organization Wednesday.

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Comments (3)
Posted by: Valerie Wass | Mar 12, 2020 19:29

Thank you Cynthia.

Posted by: Cynthia Mary Hillgrove | Mar 12, 2020 14:54

Valerie, bless your heart.  I know you are concerned.  I have to tell you that it takes a LONG time to develop a vaccine for the corona virus.  They just don't have it at their fingertips.  Viruses can change to meet the demands of its environment.  That's why they don't have a vaccine for AIDS.  Lord knows, if they had one, everyone would've gotten it by now.  I don't know if the the corona virus is a retrovirus.  Those are the kind that metamorphosis if they have to so that they can continue to live.  That being said, I'm not trying to frighten you.  I do believe that they are working diligently to get a vaccine for this, and I hope that will allay some of your concerns.  It just can't happen overnight.  Look how long it took to get the polio vaccine.....smallpox...measles, etc.  It all takes time, dear.  I truly do not believe they are holding back information from the public.  I hope this was helpful.  It was not meant to attack you at all.  I was just hoping I could help you understand things better.  Hope you enjoy your day.

Posted by: Valerie Wass |

Yet, all I have seen for Medical Pictures are out of this state.  Bangor Daily posted a picture with this article from Denver Co. of a medical personnel getting ready to test.  What the heck people?  Just shut down the whole state and we all have to be quarantined to our homes.  OH NO!  Did I just cause the public to go stock up on a whole bunch of food?  What is this world doing???????!!!!!  It is really sad that this pandemic is happening and getting worse everyday.  Shouldn't we have already be hygiene friendly?  Nope!  Hence, the pandemic.  So so sad.  I am concerned for the very young and mostly the elderly. The elderly are in the majority of the population in the US dying from this.  Where is the vaccine for stopping this?  Surely with modern technology at our finger tips, someone is smart enough to have figured one out.  Is it being held back from the public to know about?  So many questions and yet, no answers.

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