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No new COVID-19 deaths; swab-and-send testing sites to open across state

By Kendra Caruso | Jul 14, 2020
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Dr. Nirav Shah, director of Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, reported at the July 14 CDC briefing eight new confirmed coronavirus cases in the state since July 13. One less person is hospitalized and 54 have recovered from the virus since yesterday, and he said the seven-day moving average of confirmed cases sits at 1%.

Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew said the state will open 18 swab-and-send sites, one of which will be in Belfast, where at-risk people can be tested for the virus.

She said people working in the health care industry, minorities and those working in industries revolving around travel and hospitality are encouraged to use the sites. They will be funded through a federal grant until Aug. 31; then insurance companies are expected to cover the cost, she said. She said information on testing sites in the state can be accessed at get-tested-covid19.org.

Maine has increased its coronavirus testing by 53% over the past month, Shah said. Gov. Mills said Maine is one of only two states in the country with decreasing positive coronavirus cases. She warned the public not to become complacent about social distancing, mask-wearing and hand-sanitizing because of the positive data.

“This is a virus that stays and stays and stays. There’s no reason to believe it’s gone,” she said. “We’ve got to remind ourselves Maine is not immune, Maine is not out of danger.”

 

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