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‘I am concerned about where we are’: Dr. Shah says Maine needs to get COVID-19 under control

He says small pockets of Maine where there has previously been low numbers of the virus are now seeing spikes in cases.
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Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 2:56 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - Recent coronavirus statistics from across the state are cause for concern.

That was the message from the Director of the Maine CDC during Tuesday’s briefing.

Dr. Nirav Shah talked about the current state of the state when it comes to coronavirus.

He says small pockets of Maine where there has previously been low numbers of the virus are now seeing spikes in cases like at a mill in Rumford or a school in Lewiston.

He says Mainers have a decision ahead of them.

“The trends that we’ve seen over the last two weeks tell us that things are either getting worse or not getting better,” said Shah. “We are asking everybody that they can do their part. Even though there were positive signs on the horizon, low hospitalization rates, generally favorable levels of testing, there are still concerning signs. What we don’t want to have happen is that those concerning signs take over the positive.”

He says continuing on this path would erode what the state has been able to do fighting the virus over the last seven or eight months.

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