AUGUSTA – The Maine Emergency Management Agency and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention have announced that Thursday’s daily briefing will move to Zoom after seven employees who worked at the State Emergency Operations Center in Augusta exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 overnight.
MEMA and Maine CDC operations have not been disrupted, the two state agencies said in a news release.
The employees – three from MEMA, two from Maine CDC and two National Guard members – called out sick Thursday due to their illnesses. They are being tested for COVID-19 and are being advised and monitored by Maine CDC. Their pending test results are expected within 24 hours.
Maine CDC is also identifying people who had close contact with symptomatic employees and is advising them on appropriate precautions, including whether testing is necessary.
MEMA Director Peter Rogers and Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah, who regularly work out of MEMA’s office in Augusta, have not been in close contact with the employees.
Gov. Janet Mills, Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Heather Johnson, who participated in recent briefings at MEMA, also have not been in close contact with any of the individuals.
In the meantime, Rogers and Shah jointly decided to move the SEOC to fully virtual operations, meaning no employees will be present in the space today, out of an abundance of caution. As a result, both are working remotely today.