AUGUSTA – Thursday morning, Maine’s Director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Nirav Shah announced Maine is now up to 152 cases of COVID -19.
Franklin becomes the newest county on the list of positive tests and according to Shah, more than a dozen patients who have tested positive are healthcare workers.
Shah also added that 16 patients have recovered from the illness.
“Coronavirus is here, it has now been detected at the community level at two counties,” said Shah.
The United States Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) has issued another distribution of equipment but reports indicate some pieces are old or expired.
Shah did say there are guidelines for those issues and there are ways to work around them but as of Thursday, Maine has received its second shipment from the SNS.
“Thus far, what we have received from the National Stockpile is approximately half of Maine’s allocated distribution, we’ve also heard more may not be on the way”, said Shah.
With a shortage of equipment, Shah did not put a time line on how long Maine it would last before needing a resupply.
The Maine CDC is currently working on new ways to refill equipment and chemical agents for testing.
“We know that we need to be doing more, so we have looked in other parts of the country to see if whether or not they can help us buttress our supplies, augment our supplies of protective equipment. We are not just looking in Maine” , said Shah.