AUGUSTA – With 275 cases of COVID-19 statewide, two more individuals have died from Cumberland County this weekend. One was an 80-year-old woman and the other was a man in his 60s.
COVID-19 has brought more complications to the State of Maine and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has an insufficient amount of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Director Dr. Nirav Shah of the CDC says their shipment from the National Strategic Stockpile of PPE equipment could be its last one for “quite sometime.”
“Given that the process is unknown and the outcome has yet to become elucidated, our view within the state of Maine is that we have to look at other strategies, one is procurement from other private vendors and the other is production within the state,” Shah said.
Now, 43 positive cases are from healthcare workers and that brings up the question, is this an equipment issue?
In response to this question Dr. Shah said, “We are aware of data from China and Italy that have suggested that a high percentage of healthcare workers may have been infected with COVID-19 from those countries because of their work and their heroism in being on the job.”
Penobscot County has reached 12 cases and Dr. Shah expects more to come with a possibility of community transmission.
“Overall over 10 cases in both counties, if we determine that at least 25% of those cases has no connection with another known case or travel that’s the threshold that which we will determine that community transmission is occurring and that investigation is still occurring,” Shah said.
For up to date information on COVID-19 visit the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.