Coronavirus test results come back negative, no confirmed cases in Maine so far

Published: Mar. 9, 2020 at 11:28 AM EDT
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As of Sunday, all COVID-19 test results for individuals in Maine have been negative, according to the Maine CDC.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday that it's now testing for coronavirus at the state lab in Augusta.

The state lab on Friday completed protocols to be able to conduct testing, officials said.

The U.S. CDC allows state labs to conduct testing and prioritized those authorizations based on the need in each state.

The first round of tests results done in Maine are expected Tuesday.

Samples collected in Maine before Friday were sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab for testing.

A spokesperson for MaineHealth said they sent samples from Maine to Atlanta to be tested.

The federal guidelines for who can and should submit for testing recently expanded.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. Anyone with these symptoms should call their doctor.

Health officials encourage everyone to be extra diligent with flu prevention habits, including hand washing, muffling coughs and sneezes, and staying home when you aren't feeling well.