Summer meal program put on hold after staff person tests positive for COVID-19

MILO, Maine (WABI) - The summer meal program that serves families in Milo, Lagrange, and Brownville is on hold for at least a week after a staff person tested positive for COVID 19.

Parents and guardians in that area were alerted Sunday afternoon by way of a voice message from the Superintendent.

The staff person and another who had been in close contact with them are self quarantining for 14 days.

Head of the Maine CDC Doctor Nirav Shah says there is little risk that parents or children could have been infected.

"Based on what we know scientifically about the transmission of COVID-19, the likelihood of transmitting it through food is very very low. Certainly, if there were any individuals who were in close proximity with this individual say in the back of the house in the kitchen, that's who we'd want to focus our efforts on in terms of testing," Dr. Shah said.

Others who work in that program have also been tested and are awaiting results.

The CDC has begun the process of contact tracing.

The program has been giving out meals on Wednesdays since the beginning of June.