STATEWIDE – Gov. Janet Mills said Maine’s economy is getting healthier everyday.
Mills’ comments were made during Thursday’s Center for Disease Control briefing on COVID-19. She said CNN Business and Moody’s Analytics ranks Maine first in the nation for economic recovery as of last week.
She said according to their index, Maine’s economy is operating at 93 percent of where it was at the beginning of March,
“While those are all signs of a positive, positive signs of economic recovery in our state, we’re maintaining our guided, fact-based approach to stabilizing our economy, while limiting the spread of COVID-19,” Mills said.
Also during Thursday’s briefing, Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said there are now 177 cases linked to the Aug. 7 wedding and reception in the Millinocket region.
He said seven people have died in connection with this, but none of them attended the wedding.
According to Shah, the most recent outbreaks the Maine CDC is following are in Southern Maine at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard where 18 people have tested positive for COVID-19, Buffalo Wild Wings in Auburn where four employees contracted the virus and at the Baker Company in Sanford where there are three positive cases.
To date, there have been a total of 4,962 cases of COVID-19 in the state of Maine. 4,317 people have recovered, and the death toll remains at 138.