CDC drops Knox County case from list

Governor bars gatherings of more than 10 across state

By Stephen Betts | Mar 18, 2020
Dr. Nirav Shah, Maine's CDC director, updated the public Wednesday, March 18 about COVID-19.

Augusta — Maine Gov. Janet Mills announced Wednesday that she was prohibiting public gatherings of more than 10 people including ordering the closure of dine-in restaurants and bars.

The governor announced her actions after the number of cases of COVID-19 in Maine increased from 32 Tuesday to 42 on Wednesday, March 18.

The CDC web site was updated Wednesday and eliminated the one case that had been assigned to Knox County. Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease and Control, said that three cases statewide were removed from Maine's listing and transferred to their home states of residence.

The governor said that the gatherings of more than 10 that are prohibited include community, civic, faith-based, concerts, and sporting events. This ban will last through March 31 but may be renewed.

The ban does not cover grocery stores, convenience stores, manufacturing plants, or construction sites.

The governor said carry-out and home delivery can continue by restaurants.

She urged people to buy gift cards from restaurants to help support those businesses and take advantage of carry outs.

While not covered under the ban, she strongly urged, places such as gyms and hair salons, theaters, casinos, and shopping malls to also consider closing. The governor did not explain why those businesses were exempt.

The governor said one patient in Maine with COVID-19 has completely recovered. Four are hospitalized.

Another 1,670 people have been tested with negative results.

Comments (5)
Posted by: Stephen Betts | Mar 18, 2020 22:39

Yes, the article states that fact.



Posted by: Valli Genevieve Geiger | Mar 18, 2020 16:39

I believe the Knox County case was one of the 3 cases, reclassified to Massachusetts Public Health to follow. The Director of the CDC, states 3 cases were given to other states as part of their statistics, because those 3 people might have been in Maine when diagnosed, but their residence was elsewhere.

Valli Geiger



Posted by: Diane True | Mar 18, 2020 16:30

Do we know why the case was dropped from Knox County?   Was it found to be a negative or was it one that was a positive meaning the person was here and positive but it was a visitor from out of state?  They mentioned that some were moved to our states because of where the person actually resided?

 



Posted by: Diane True | Mar 18, 2020 16:30

Do we know why the case was dropped from Knox County?   Was it found to be a negative or was it one that was a positive meaning the person was here and positive but it was a visitor from out of state?  They mentioned that some were moved to our states because of where the person actually resided?

 



Posted by: Diane True | Mar 18, 2020 16:30

Do we know why the case was dropped from Knox County?   Was it found to be a negative or was it one that was a positive meaning the person was here and positive but it was a visitor from out of state?  They mentioned that some were moved to our states because of where the person actually resided?

 



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