AUGUSTA – Monday, the director of the Maine CDC said labs have now confirmed 499 cases of coronavirus across the state.
One more person died from the illness over the weekend, bringing the number of deaths in Maine to 10.
A total of 158 people have recovered.
The U.S. CDC is now recommending people wear some sort of face covering when they go out in public.
In his briefing Monday, Dr. Nirav Shah said he knows there are conflicting reports about the use of fabric face masks.
Shah said they are not necessarily designed to protect you.
He said they are meant to protect other people from you.
“These masks, these face coverings are not in place of social distancing requirements,” Shah said. “They are in addition to physical distancing requirements.”
Shah said officials in Maine are working on plans for temporary medical treatment sites that could be deployed in several parts of the state.
Those sites include facilities with beds and equipment to care for patients.
He said more information about that will be released soon.