AUGUSTA — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday that a person with COVID-19 and a close contact of that person went to the Portland International Jetport on Sunday, potentially exposing others to the virus.
The two were at the jetport Sunday afternoon, Maine CDC said Monday in a news release.
People who were at the Portland International Jetport between 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday may have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. The Maine CDC said those people should monitor themselves for symptoms and consult their health care provider to determine whether they should be tested.
According to Maine CDC, the individual with COVID-19 tested positive late last week and was directed to isolate. The person’s close contacts were also directed to quarantine.
Maine CDC staff became aware Sunday that the infected person and their close contact intended to fly to Florida.
Staff contacted the person with COVID-19, who chose not to board the plane. The close contact was removed from a plane before takeoff and has not been confirmed to have COVID-19.
The person with COVID-19 returned to isolation, and the close contact returned to quarantine. Maine CDC said people with COVID-19 must isolate until they meet the criteria for recovery. Close contacts of those with COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days, regardless of their test result.
Those who believe they may have COVID-19 or could have been exposed to the virus, with or without symptoms, may get a test under the Department of Health and Human Services’ Standing Order. A list of test sites available on the Keep Maine Healthy website.