AUGUSTA — While it’s too soon to tell if there was an incident of COVID-19 transmission at President Donald Trump’s informal event this weekend, signs show a communication breakdown.
Maine CDC director Dr. Nirav Shah said Tuesday afternoon, they were aware an individual was advised to get tested after Vice President Mike Pence’s rally last Tuesday.
That individual was contacted by federal contact tracers.
Shah wouldn’t say how they found out, but said it wasn’t from the federal government.
Both the rallies held by President Trump and Vice President Pence violated Governor Janet Mills’ executive order regarding large gatherings.
Shah also touched on coronavirus fatigue, encouraging individuals to continue social distancing and wearing masks.
“For me, the trick isn’t to remember what we’re doing, but why we’re doing it and for whom we’re doing it,” Shah said. “It’s for our elderly, to keep our kids in school, and protect the vulnerable across the state.”
The positivity rate in the state of Maine has gone from 0.45% to 0.66%.