BANGOR – The head of Northern Light Health’s effort to battle the COVID-19 pandemic says people need to act as if they are living with the coronavirus already in their communities.
During a media conference Friday afternoon, Dr. James Jarvis says the lack of a high number of confirmed coronavirus cases in certain counties was just giving people a false sense of security.
“Nothing can be further from the truth from that. The only reason why are numbers are being reported so low in the state of Maine is because we just are not testing as many people, and that simply is because we don’t have the ability to do that much testing,” said Jarvis.
As of Friday, according to numbers from the state CDC, places like Washington County, Piscataquis County and Somerset County did not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Jarvis says in some cases, people are waiting as long as nine days to get their test results.
He says the only way to stop the spread of the disease is to limit contact with other people.