AUGUSTA – The same day Maine recorded a record-breaking number of new COVID-19 cases, a spokesperson for Governor Janet Mills said there may be changes coming to coronavirus restrictions.
On Friday, the Maine CDC announced another 103 new cases of COVID-19 had been identified, the highest single-day increase since the state began keeping track of the numbers. The announcement followed a week of increasing case numbers.
According to Mills’ press secretary, the governor is “deeply concerned” about the rising number of cases within Maine and nationwide.
The governor is now considering changes to: indoor gathering limits; the list of states exempt from quarantine and testing requirements; the reopening of bars, tasting rooms and distilleries; and additional support for adherence to public health requirements.
The statement said an announcement is likely to be made this weekend.
The press secretary’s statement said Governor Mills “is very apprehensive about the spread of this deadly virus as we face colder weather and holidays that generally encourage gatherings of all sorts.”
“Unfortunately,” the statement said, “if we do not each take aggressive actions, this virus will be the uninvited guest to our family dinners and social gatherings.”
On Twitter, Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah referenced Friday’s case increase, saying, “The surge here is. Take action now. For your sake, and for the sake of your family and community, wear a mask and stay apart. This is serious.”