Maine follows updated U.S. CDC face covering recommendations

Published: Jul. 28, 2021 at 1:13 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - As the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to surge across the nation, the Mills administration announced Wednesday Maine will follow the U.S. CDC updated face covering guidance.

That means it’s recommended all people, regardless of vaccination status, wear face coverings in indoor, public settings in areas with “substantial” or “high” levels of community transmission.

In Maine, that currently applies to Waldo County, based on the U.S. CDC COVID Data Tracker.

Piscataquis and York were initially in that category Tuesday, but earlier Wednesday the numbers improved so they no longer meet that threshold.

Also, it’s recommended all teachers, staff, and students in K-12 schools wear face coverings, regardless of vaccination status or community transmission level.

State officials addressed the media Wednesday on these changes and where the state stands.

“That is to say individuals who are not yet vaccinated as well those who are coming into contact for long durations or high density areas. That is to say - folks who aren’t vaccinated getting together,” said Dr. Nirav Shah, Maine CDC director.

The U.S. CDC will update county designations on a weekly basis.

Shah reported that at minimum, 47% of Maine’s current COVID cases are from the delta variant, and that number is likely actually in the 60% range.

As the Civil State of Emergency in Maine has expired, the face covering guidance is a recommendation from the Mills administration, not a requirement.

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