AUGUSTA – There are now 142 coronavirus cases statewide in Maine.
Wednesday morning, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) shut down its office in Lewiston, after one employee tested positive for COVID-19.
Governor Janet Mills signed an executive order to give licensed physicians, physician assistants, and nurses greater flexibility to contribute to Maine’s response. Jeanne Lambrew, Commissioner of DHHS, announced the order at Wednesday’s CDC briefing.
“Those who are licensed and in good standing in other states can now, among other things; one receive an emergency license to provide healthcare either in person or through telehealth in Maine; two, see patients through telehealth without obtaining a Maine license if already servicing those patients in an out-of-state location; and third, re-activate a license immediately with no application fee if retired,” said Lambrew.
CDC Director Nirav Shah reported they received their second shipment of supplies from the National Federal Stockpile Wednesday morning as well as a shipment of their new re-agent.
This new re-agent will aid and speed up the reviewing process for test results.
Dr. Shah noted this is the time for the people of Maine to give back anything they can.
“Everyone reacts to times of stress in different ways, so I again ask everyone that although we need your support, we need you to volunteer, we need you to donate blood, we also need you to be kind and take care of one another,” Shah said.