STATEWIDE – During Tuesday’s Maine Center for Disease Control briefing, Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew announced the state is expanding COVID-19 testing.
She said beginning on Tuesday, anyone who feels they need a COVID-19 test in Maine can get one without needing an order from a health care provider.
According to Lambrew, this standing order also now applies to antigen testing.
“As of yesterday, as Dr. Shah mentioned, Maine is conducting 400 tests per 100,000 people, a state record,” Lambrew said. “Maine ranks first in the nation on the percentage of people tested according to a target developed by the researchers at the Harvard Global Health Institute.”
Lambrew said they are continuing to find ways to improve testing in Maine.
According to the Maine CDC, the state has now seen a total of 5,146 cases of COVID-19.
4,407 Mainers have recovered from the virus, and 140 have passed away as a result of COVID-19.