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June 8th, 2020

Coronavirus spread by people with no symptoms ‘appears to be rare,’ WHO official says – Wink News

June 8th, 2020

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The spread of Covid-19 by someone who is not showing symptoms appears to be rare, Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization’s technical lead for coronavirus response and head of the emerging diseases and zoonoses unit, said during a media briefing in Geneva on Monday.

“From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary individual,” Van Kerkhove said on Monday.

“We have a number of reports from countries who are doing very detailed contact tracing. They’re following asymptomatic cases, they’re following contacts and they’re not finding secondary transmission onward. It is very rare — and much of that is not published in the literature,” she said. “We are constantly looking at this data and we’re trying to get more information from countries to truly answer this question. It still appears to be rare that an asymptomatic individual actually transmits onward.”

Van Kerkhove went on to describe how the novel coronavirus, a respiratory pathogen, spreads through droplets, which can be released when someone coughs or sneezes.

“It passes from an individual through infectious droplets. If we actually followed all of the symptomatic cases, isolated those cases, followed the contacts and quarantined those cases, we would drastically reduce — I would love to be able to give a proportion of how much transmission we would actually stop — but it would be a drastic reduction in transmission,” she said.

Van Kerkhove also said that what appear to be asymptomatic cases of Covid-19 often turn out to be cases of mild disease.

“When we actually go back and we say how many of them were truly asymptomatic, we find out that many have really mild disease,” Van Kerkhove said.

“They’re not quote-unquote Covid symptoms, meaning they may not have developed fever yet, they may not have had a significant cough, or they may not have shortness of breath — but some may have mild disease,” she said. “Having said that, we do know that there can be people who are truly asymptomatic.”

Many people with Covid-19 who may appear to be asymptomatic actually could just have mild or atypical symptoms — or they could be pre-symptomatic, Dr. Manisha Juthani, an infectious diseases specialist and associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at Yale School of Medicine, said in an email to CNN on Monday.

Pre-symptomatic refers to the early stages of an illness, before symptoms have developed, whereas asymptomatic may refer to having no symptoms throughout the course of an infection — a distinction that Van Kerkhove hinted at during Monday’s media briefing.

Juthani, who did not participate in the media briefing and has not reviewed the unpublished data Van Kerkhove cited, said those findings are not necessarily inconsistent with other estimates regarding how pre-symptomatic spread of the coronavirus can occur.

study in April found that viral shedding — when people may be able to infect others — could begin two to three days before symptoms appeared. In addition, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates in planning scenarios that 40% of coronavirus transmission is occurring before people feel sick.

“These patients weren’t asymptomatic,” Juthani said. Rather, they were “spreading disease before becoming symptomatic.”

Overall, “these findings suggest that if we quarantine and contact trace symptomatic people, we can make a significant dent in the pandemic,” Juthani said.

Making this distinction between asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic infections remains important — but also between “paucisymptomatic infections,” which refers to having atypical or very mild symptoms, Babak Javid, a principal investigator at Tsinghua University School of Medicine in Beijing and consultant in infectious disease at Cambridge University Hospitals, said in a written statement distributed by the UK-based Science Media Centre on Monday.

“Detailed contact tracing from Taiwan as well as the first European transmission chain in Germany suggested that true asymptomatics rarely transmit. However, those (and many other) studies have found that paucisymptomatic transmission can occur, and in particular, in the German study, they found that transmission often appeared to occur before or on the day symptoms first appeared,” Javid said in the statement.

“Other data available, from studies in several continents confirming that presymptomatic transmission does occur, would suggest that being well does not necessarily mean one cannot transmit SARS-CoV-2,” Javid said in part. “This has important implications for the track/trace/isolate measures being instituted in many countries.”

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University of Washington forecasts 145,000 U.S. COVID-19 deaths by August – Yahoo News

June 8th, 2020
University of Washington forecasts 145,000 U.S. COVID-19 deaths by AugustUniversity of Washington forecasts 145,000 U.S. COVID-19 deaths by August
FILE PHOTO: Empty street is seen near Lincoln Tunnel in Manhattan borough following the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City

(Reuters) – University of Washington researchers estimated on Monday that 145,728 people could die of COVID-19 in the United States by August, raising their grim forecast by more than 5,000 fatalities in a matter of days.

On Friday, the widely cited Institute for Health Metrics and evaluation at the university projected 140,496 deaths by August from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus. Researchers did not give a reason for the abrupt revision.

The new estimate came on the same day that Texas reported its highest number of hospitalizations so far in the pandemic and 22 U.S. states showed at least a small uptick in the number of new confirmed cases, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

Among the states with the sharpest increases were Michigan and Arizona, according to Johns Hopkins, while Virginia, Rhode Island and Nebraska showed the greatest decreases.

Infectious disease experts have said that large street protests held in major U.S. cities after the death of a black man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis police custody, could touch off a new outbreak of the disease.

A total of more than 1.9 million cases of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus, have been reported in the United States, according to a Reuters tally, which has confirmed 110,000 deaths.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman and Leslie Adler)

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WHO says it’s ‘rare’ for asymptomatic people to spread the coronavirus – AOL

June 8th, 2020
  • WHO said on Monday that it’s “rare” for an asymptomatic person who shows no tell-tale signs of coronavirus infection — like a fever, dry cough, or trouble breathing — to spread the disease to others.

  • Other public-health experts were quick to point out that studies so far have shown pre-symptomatic people and asymptomatic people can spread the virus.

  • That’s the reason people are being urged to wear masks in public.

  • WHO did not dismiss the idea of asymptomatic spread entirely but said “from the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary individual.” 

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The World Health Organization said Monday that the threat of coronavirus spread from people who look and feel healthy is very low. 

“It still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward,” epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s technical lead for the coronavirus, told reporters on a call. 

The comment falls in line with what experts at WHO have been stressing for months: Most coronavirus spread happens through sustained close contact between people indoors — in homes, offices, churches, hospitals, and other settings where people come together for hours at a time and airflow is restricted.

The notion that perhaps healthy, or seemingly healthy, people are not a threat during the pandemic has huge implications. If asymptomatic carriers are not a big threat, then face coverings in public become much less important because only sick people displaying symptoms should need to wear them.

In its recent updated guidance on mask wearing, WHO said studies of asymptomatic transmission to date are small but that virus spread via fomites (objects and surfaces) in those cases cannot be ruled out.

Furthermore, Van Kerkhove said, many cases that are labeled asymptomatic may not truly be that, but instead are mild — but detectable — illnesses.

This is why it may still be important for seemingly healthy people to wear face coverings in public. Some people may feel a little bit ill or tired but not enough to know they have the virus.

“When we actually go back and say, ‘How many of them were truly asymptomatic?’ we find out that many have really mild disease, very mild disease,” Van Kerkhove said.

While WHO recognizes that some people infected with COVID-19 will never develop symptoms, and evidence suggests they can shed virus too, Van Kerkhove said this is not how most people are getting sick.

Other public-health experts say it’s possible people may spread illness to others before they show symptoms 

San Francisco police cadets distribute face masks at Dolores Park on May 22.

San Francisco police cadets distribute face masks at Dolores Park on May 22.

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Other public-health experts, however, aren’t as dismissive of asymptomatic spread, especially because of the possibility of pre-symptomatic spread that can happen early on in an illness, before people feel unwell. 

“There’s significant transmission by people not showing symptoms,” Stephen Morse, an epidemiologist at Columbia University, previously told Business Insider. Even some of WHO’s own research suggests many coronavirus patients who are initially asymptomatic eventually fall ill.

“Some modeling studies suggest 40-60% of spread is from people when they didn’t have symptoms,” Ashish Jha, the director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, said on Twitter. “It may be there isn’t a lot of asymptomatic spread but plenty of pre-symptomatic spread. Would be helpful to get the full report they are referencing.”

WHO said that kind of robust data just isn’t available yet. 

“We are constantly looking at this data, and we’re trying to get more information from countries to truly answer this question,” Van Kerkhove said on the call. “We have a number of reports from countries who are doing very detailed contact tracing. They’re following asymptomatic cases, they’re following contacts, and they’re not finding secondary transmission onward. It’s very rare. And much of that is not published in the literature.”

Either way, Van Kerkhove seemed confident that by strictly isolating the people who are feeling sick, the world would do much better at stopping the spread of COVID-19.

“I would love to be able to give a proportion of how much transmission we would actually stop, but it would be a drastic reduction in transmission,” she said. “From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary individual.”

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Olga Karamalak puts the finishing touches on a Mother’s Day flower arraignment at Relles Florist in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Florists are among the retail businesses that Gov. Gavin Newsom said might be eligible to open before the end of this week under upcoming state guidelines on the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

MTA officials work on trains for the disinfecting operations at the Coney Island Stillwell Avenue Terminal Wednesday, May 6, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Employees wait to hear President Donald Trump speak after a tour of a Honeywell International plant that manufactures personal protective equipment, Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A shopper in a face mask looks over cuts of beef piled up in a cold room for purchase at a Costco warehouse store Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in west Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Bhagirathi Savage pays the cymbals at 7 o’clock, Tuesday evening, May 5, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York. She is part of a community of devotees of the late Indian guru Sri Chinmoy that gathers each evening to salute those on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

A fisherman casts into the surf Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in Huntington Beach, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration gave approval Tuesday to plans by Huntington Beach and two smaller cities to reopen beaches that fell under his order shutting down the entire Orange County coast after a heat wave drew large crowds to the shore. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Emory Hospital RN Aisha Bennett takes a nasal swab at a pilot large scale drive-through COVID-19 testing site in the Georgia International Horse Park on Thursday, April 16, 2020, in Conyers, Ga. Testing is by appointment only and open to anyone in the general public who believes they are ill with COVID-19. According to Chad Wasdin, communications director for the Gwinnett Rockdale Newton Health Departments, due to increased testing capacity 400 appointments are scheduled for anyone who thinks they may be ill with the virus. While the Health Department requires a scheduled appointment to test individuals, referral from a doctor is not necessary. There is no charge for the testing, and those tested do not need to provide health insurance information. “We look forward to piloting this large-scale test site,” said Dr. Audrey Arona, district health director and CEO of Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments. “This is a fantastic collaboration between Rockdale and Newton county governments, their EMAs, and the Health Department. Testing will provide individuals in the community an opportunity to learn if their illness is consistent with the COVID-19 virus, and it will help us improve our plans for providing large-scale testing. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES – 2020/04/21: People wearing face masks as a preventive measure, line up at one of NYC new testing tents outside Gotham Health in East New York amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio announced new testing facilities in low income communities where the coronavirus has hit the hardest. (Photo by Braulio Jatar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

A woman looks to get information about job application in front of IDES (Illinois Department of Employment Security) WorkNet center in Arlington Heights, Ill., Thursday, April 9, 2020. Another 6.6 million people filed for unemployment benefits last week, according to the US Department of Labor, as American workers continue to suffer from devastating job losses, furloughs and reduced hours during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES – 2020/04/21: Oculus mall and transportation hub stays virtually empty because of COVID-19 pandemic at World Trade Center. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, UNITED STATES – APRIL 21, 2020: Health workers speak to a man with a bicycle after testing him for COVID-19 at a mobile testing site at the Apostolic Church of Christ in a historic black neighborhood in Seminole County. State and county health officials are offering free tests at six historic black neighbourhoods to help residents who are unable to drive to a health clinic or may be unable to afford health insurance.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Paul Hennessy / Echoes Wire/ Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Paul Hennessy / Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Volunteers at the Islamic Society of Central Florida distribute food from the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida to needy families during a drive-thru event on April 9, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. The food bank has seen record demand for assistance in the Orlando area due to job losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

USS Intrepid is seen with blue lights on April 9, 2020 in New York City, USA., Landmarks across the United States are Illuminated In Blue To Honor Essential Workers with the hashtag “Light it Blue” (Photo by John Nacion/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS, LA – APRIL 09: Some residents are attempting to bring some Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by dressing as the Easter Bunny and walking the Lakeview neighborhood in preparation for Easter on April 09, 2020, in New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 09: A Building in Times Square, displaying a thank you message to those fighting for our lives, is reflected in a puddle amid the coronavirus pandemic on April 9, 2020 in New York City. COVID-19 has spread to most countries around the world, claiming 96,000 lives with infections at 1.6 million people. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC APRIL 09:
Geoff Gilbert (left), Madhvi Venkatraman(CQ)(center), and Megan Macaraeg, help undocumented immigrants who are in need of help during the pandemic covid19 in Columbia Heights in Washington, DC on April 09, 2020. (Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, USA – APRIL 7: Empire State Building lights up like an ambulance to honor emergency healthcare workers responding to the new type of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in New York City, United States on April 7, 2020. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 7: Three medical workers wearing gloves and face masks stand at the entrance to the Maimonides Medical Center in the on April 7, 2020 in the Borough Park neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. New York City has more than 74,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including more than 3,500 deaths, according to published reports. (Photo by Pablo Monsalve/VIEWpress via Getty Images)”n

NEW YORK, New York – APRIL 07: A view of the “Police Line- Do Not Cross” tape marking the parameter of a temporary field hospital to treat covid-19 patients set up in Central Park by “Samaritans purse” a charitable organization working with Mount Sinai. on April 07, 2020 in New York City, United States. COVID-19 has spread to most countries around the world, claiming over 80,000 lives with over 1.4 million infections. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES – APRIL 7, 2020: Hospital workers wheel out bodies to be stored in a portable morgue outside Brooklyn Hospital. New York had its highest 24 hour death toll with 731 people dying of the corona virus, however hospitalization seems to be going down.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Braulio Jatar / Echoes WIre/ Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Braulio Jatar / Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

WEST COVINA, CA – APRIL 07: Karina Pantoja, left, community home dental coordinator along with Dentist Dr. Rosette El Rehab screens people during Coronavirus testing by the city of West Covina and AltaMed in West Covina on Tuesday, April 07, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 8: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh speaks at a press briefing on the city’s efforts battling the coronavirus pandemic outside City Hall in Boston on Apr. 7, 2020. He wore a New England Patriots protective face mask. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 07: A “Station Closed” sign is hung at the gate of Federal Triangle Metro Station April 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority announced that it is cutting late night service and closing all Metro stations at 9pm daily until further notice due to lower ridership in the COVID-19 outbreak. Nineteen Metro stations had already been closed prior to the service cut. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Residents of the Sunrise at FlatIrons assisted living facility participated in a “social distancing” workout from their balconies or in the common area on Tuesday, April 07, 2020, in Broomfield, Colo. Senior living facilities across the state are currently quarantining residents as a precaution to the current coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/MediaNews Group/Boulder Daily Camera via Getty Images)

NEW JERSEY, USA – APRIL 7: A general view of empty city from Eagle Rock Reservation Park during the new type of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in New Jersey, United States on April 7, 2020. (Photo by Islam Dogru/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, New York – APRIL 07: A Skater on roller blades wears a surgical mask on the West Side Highway Bike Path in front of the USNS Comfort which is docked on pier 90, in Manhattan on April 07, 2020 in New York City, United States. COVID-19 has spread to most countries around the world, claiming over 80,000 lives with over 1.4 million infections. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

Reading, PA – March 26: A Stay Strong sign has been erected in the cloverleaf at the Penn Street exit of Route 422, in Reading, PA Thursday, March 26, 2020, to offer encouragement in the coronavirus epidemic.(Photo by Bill Uhrich/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – MARCH 27: Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-N.J., walks down the House steps as the House votes on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act in Washington on Friday, March 27, 2020. (Photo by Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, USA – MARCH 25: A patient with a face mask is seen at the Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, United States on March 25, 2020. The coronavirus-related deaths in the U.S. topped 800 on Wednesday, while the number of cases reached over 55,200, according to latest figures by Johns Hopkins University. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 27: A New York Police officer wears a face mask as he directs traffic on a local street on March 27, 2020 in New York City. At least 350 members of the New York City Police Department including deputy commissioner John Miller were confirmed to have the virus. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 27: A New York Police officer wears a face mask as he directs traffic on a local street on March 27, 2020 in New York City. At least 350 members of the New York City Police Department including deputy commissioner John Miller were confirmed to have the virus. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 27: U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) talks with reporters as she arrives at the U.S. Capitol on March 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today on the stimulus bill intended to combat the economic effects caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 27: People cross Park Av. after it was announced that some streets will be shut as lockdown continues in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreakon March 27, 2020 in New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio chose four streets across four boroughs to test whether shutting down streets to vehicular traffic would increase social distancing among pedestrians during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

FLORIDA, USA – MARCH 20: Paramedics dressed in hazmat suits assist the evacuation of cruiseships crew members with respiratory symptoms associated with coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Coast Guardâs Miami Beach station, in Miami, Florida, United States on March 26, 2020. (Photo by MARCO BELLO/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

FLORIDA, USA – MARCH 20: An ambulance is seen during the evacuation of cruiseships crew members with respiratory symptoms associated with coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Coast Guardâs Miami Beach station, in Miami, Florida, United States on March 26, 2020. (Photo by MARCO BELLO/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Reading, PA – March 26: (L-R) Siblings Azuleirys Francisco, 10, Alexander Francisco, 6, and Jovani Francisco, 8, sanitize their hands as a precaution against coronavirus while picking up meals from the parking lot at 4th and Windsor in Reading, PA Thursday afternoon Thursday March 26, 2020. The site is run by Olivets and the Reading School District.(Photo by Lauren A. Little/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)

Amity twp., PA – March 26: The sign for Hope Church in Amity Township that reads “Social Distancing, Join us online…” Thursday afternoon March 26, 2020.(Photo by Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)

A woman poses for a photo with her dog in a mostly empty Times Square, New York, US, on March 25, 2020. (Photo by John Lamparski/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, USA – MARCH 25: A view of empty road in Brooklyn, New York, United States on March 25, 2020. The coronavirus-related deaths in the U.S. topped 800 on Wednesday, while the number of cases reached over 55,200, according to latest figures by Johns Hopkins University. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

A sign is displayed at a coffee shop on March 25, 2020 in New York City. – The number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in the United States reached 60,115 on Wednesday while 827 people had died, a tracker run by Johns Hopkins University showed. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 25: Basketball courts are seen empty due to coronavirus spread on March 25, 2020 in New York City, New York. Across the country schools, businesses and places of work have either been shut down or are restricting hours of operation as health officials try to slow the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA – MARCH 18: Shoppers at Walgreens in San Franciscoâs Castro District make last minute purchases minutes before the shelter in place directive was to take effect on March 18, 2020. (Photo by Neal Waters/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

SAN JOSE, CA, USA – MARCH 18: A Safeway store in San Jose posts new shorter store hours to provide a safer work environment ahead of Tuesdayâs directive to shelter in place for residents of the six counties that make up the Bay Area, on March 18, 2020. (Photo by Neal Waters/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA – MARCH 18: Mounted officers patrol the area outside Pier 39 in San Francisco on day one of the shelter in place order on March 18, 2020. (Photo by Neal Waters/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

MANASSAS, USA – MARCH 17: Weapons on display at a gun shop in Manassas, Virginia, United States as gun and ammunition sales in the U.S. have skyrocketed as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic spread across the country. (Photo by Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

A security officer stands guard at a tent set up outside the emergency room at an AdventHealth hospital on March 17, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. The tent is part of AdventHealth’s surge planning in case extra space is needed to care for potential coronavirus cases in the community. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

A tent is seen set up outside the emergency room at an AdventHealth hospital on March 17, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. The tent is part of AdventHealth’s surge planning in case extra space is needed to care for potential coronavirus cases in the community. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

External and outside of emergency room views of the pandemic, novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19 are seen at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital on March 17, 2020 in Park Ridge, Illinois, United States. The collection includes additional tents, a warning construction sign, an empty road, a congested road, a law enforcement vehicle, and a drive through testing area. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

NEWTON, MA – MARCH 17: Medical professionals work in coronavirus testing tents at Newton Wellesley Hospital in Newton, MA on March 17, 2020. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – MARCH 17: An emergency tent is set up at the Carney Hospital in Boston’s Dorchester for coronavirus pandemic use on March 17, 2020. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

LEONARDTOWN, MARYLAND – MARCH 17: Nurses screen patients for COVID-19 virus testing at a drive-up location outside Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital on March 17, 2020 in Leonardtown, Maryland. The facility is one of the first in the Washington, DC area to offer coronavirus testing as more than 5,200 cases have been confirmed in the United States, and more than 90 deaths have been attributed to the virus. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

A sign on a table provides instructions for social distancing, while a group of people are seen in the background, selective focus, sitting around a small table, at a hospital in San Francisco during an outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus, California, March 16, 2020. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)

NEWTON, MA – MARCH, 16: Nurse practitioner Amy Israelian puts on protective gear in a tent in the parking lot of the Newton-Wellesley Hospital before testing a possible coronavirus patient in Newton, MA on March 16, 2020. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Two staff members wheel Amwell telemedicine carts into the entrance of the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Benioff Children’s Hospital in Mission Bay, San Francisco, California during an outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus, March 16, 2020. As a result of the outbreak, patients are increasingly being asked to conduct telemedicine appointments to avoid infecting healthcare workers. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)

People line up to enter a triage tent outside of the emergency room at Memorial West Hospital in Pembroke Pines, Fla., on Monday, March 16, 2020. (Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

WESTMINSTER, MARYLAND – MARCH 16: Dawn Canova, clinical manager for outpatient wound care at Carroll Hospital, takes off her protective gloves after taking a sample to test a person for the coronavirus at a drive-thru station in the hospital’s parking garage March 16, 2020 in Westminster, Maryland. Not open to the general public for testing, the station was set up to take samples from people who had spoken with their doctors and received explicit direction to get a test for the novel coronavirus called COVID-19. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WESTMINSTER, MARYLAND – MARCH 16: Carroll Hospital Critical Care Unit Clinical Manager Stephanie Bakert talks to a person through his car window using a mobile phone before testing him for the coronavirus at a drive-thru station in the hospital’s parking garage March 16, 2020 in Westminster, Maryland. Not open to the general public for testing, the station was set up to take samples from people who had spoken with their doctors and received explicit direction to get a test for the novel coronavirus called COVID-19. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 15: An exterior view of Lenox Hill Hospital as the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States on March 15, 2020 in New York City. The World Health Organization declared coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic on March 11th. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 15: Passengers disembark from the Norwegian Bliss cruise ship on March 15, 2020 in New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday that any cruise ship passenger disembarking in New York City with a temperature over 100.4 will be given the choice of self-isolating at home or be taken to a hospital to protect against the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

DAYTON, WA – MARCH 14: Dr. Lewis Neace, head of the ER at Dayton General Hospital poses for a photograph. Dayton, a small town in rural southeast Washington has an aging population, had its first positive test for Coronavirus and is waiting on results of more tests. (Photo by Nick Otto for the Washington Post)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 14: An exterior view of Harlem Hospital Center, aka NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem, as the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States on March 14, 2020 in New York City. The World Health Organization declared coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic on March 11th. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

JACKSONVILLE, FL – MARCH 14: A general view of the Ascension St. Vincent’s Riverside Hospital on March 14, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

Un puñado de personas transitan la terminal de Grand Central en Nueva York el 23 de marzo del 2020. Normalmente hay multitudes en la estación, pero muy poca gente está viajando como consecuencia del coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

A sign displaying messages on how to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, is displayed at the mouth of the Manhattan Bridge, Monday, March 23, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NEW PALTZ, NY – MARCH 22: A highway information display says, “STOP THE SPREAD SAVE LIVES” on a mostly empty Interstate 87 on Sunday afternoon. The highway was mostly empty on the same day that New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo pleads with New York residents to take the stay-at-home orders seriously regarding the Coronavirus pandemic. Photographed in New Paltz, New York on March 22, 2020, USA. (Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images)

People are seen lining up for testing Covid-19 in Elmhurst Queens to test for Coronavirus, on March 21, 2020. (Photo by John Nacion/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

People are seen lining up for testing Covid-19 in Elmhurst Queens to test for Coronavirus, on March 21, 2020. (Photo by John Nacion/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

STONY BROOK, NEW YORK – MARCH 21: A sign direct people to a COVID-19 test facility at Stony Brook University on March 21, 2020 in Stony Brook, New York. The World Health Organization declared coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic on March 11th. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

US President Donald Trump and other members of the task force listen as National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director, Dr. Anthony Fauci, speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, at the White House on March 21, 2020, in Washington, DC. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Women wear face masks a a scarf to protect their mouths and nose as they walk along 34th St., Friday, March 20, 2020, in New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ordering all workers in non-essential businesses to stay home and banning gatherings statewide. “Only essential businesses can have workers commuting to the job or on the job,” Cuomo said of an executive order he will sign Friday. Nonessential gatherings of individuals of any size or for any reason are canceled or postponed. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

A subway customer wears protective gloves on an empty car as it stops at a sparsely populated 57th Street station due to COVID-19 concerns, Friday, March 20, 2020, in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ordering all workers in non-essential businesses to stay home and banning gatherings statewide. “Only essential businesses can have workers commuting to the job or on the job,” Cuomo said of an executive order on Friday. Nonessential gatherings of individuals of any size or for any reason are canceled or postponed. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

A postal worker wears a protective mask and gloves while operating a route in the Queens borough of New York, Friday, March 20, 2020. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ordering all workers in non-essential businesses to stay home and banning gatherings statewide. “Only essential businesses can have workers commuting to the job or on the job,” Cuomo said of an executive order he will sign Friday. Nonessential gatherings of individuals of any size or for any reason are canceled or postponed. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

A Red Robin reastaurant in Tigard, Ore., has closed some tables in order to maintain ‘social distancing’ between diners per CDC guidelines Sunday, March 15, 2020. They said they were running the place at 50 percent capacity so they could leave tables empty between customers. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

A commuter pauses to read a video display on the Gallery Place Metro subway train platform in Washington, Friday, March 13, 2020, with a message from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the proper way to wash your hands to combat the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

US Vice President Mike Pence, flanked by CDC Director Robert R. Redfield (L) and FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor, shows documents to reporters during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, at the White House on March 22, 2020, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP) (Photo by ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images)

An electronic billboard sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides tips for the public on ways to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 20, 2020 along Interstate 4 in Deland, Florida. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Street performer Eddie Webb looks around the nearly deserted French Quarter looking to make money in New Orleans, Sunday, March 22, 2020. With much of the city already hunkered down due to the coronavirus pandemic, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards issues a shelter-in-place order to take effect starting Monday at 5:00 PM. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

A sign to draw customers is seen outside the nearly empty Superior Seafood and Oyster Bar in New Orleans, Thursday, March 19, 2020. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell have ordered all restaurants and bars to close except for takeout, and asked residents to remain home and maintain social distancing from others when outside, due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Kamari Fletcher waits for her to-go order inside the nearly empty Superior Seafood and Oyster Bar in New Orleans, Thursday, March 19, 2020. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell have ordered all restaurants and bars to close except for takeout, and asked residents to remain home and maintain social distancing from others when outside, due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

A shuttered business is seen in the French Quarter in New Orleans on March 26, 2020, during the coronavirus outbreak. – New Orleans, the Louisiana city known as the “Big Easy” famed for its jazz and nightlife, has become an epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic gripping the United States. The southern US state now has 2,305 confirmed cases and 83 deaths. New Orleans alone accounts for 997 of the cases and 46 of the deaths. (Photo by Emily Kask / 30203169A / AFP) (Photo by EMILY KASK/30203169A/AFP via Getty Images)

Words from Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” are painted onto plywood covering the window of a closed business during the coronavirus outbreak in New Orleans on March 26, 2020. – New Orleans, the Louisiana city known as the “Big Easy” famed for its jazz and nightlife, has become an epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic gripping the United States. The southern US state now has 2,305 confirmed cases and 83 deaths. New Orleans alone accounts for 997 of the cases and 46 of the deaths. (Photo by Emily Kask / 30203169A / AFP) (Photo by EMILY KASK/30203169A/AFP via Getty Images)

A closure note is posted on the family-owned Bar Redux in the Bywater in New Orleans on March 26, 2020. – New Orleans, the Louisiana city known as the “Big Easy” famed for its jazz and nightlife, has become an epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic gripping the United States. The southern US state now has 2,305 confirmed cases and 83 deaths. New Orleans alone accounts for 997 of the cases and 46 of the deaths. (Photo by Emily Kask / 30203169A / AFP) (Photo by EMILY KASK/30203169A/AFP via Getty Images)

A shuttered business is pictured on Decatur Street in New Orleans, Louisiana, on March 26, 2020. – New Orleans, the Louisiana city known as the “Big Easy” famed for its jazz and nightlife, has become an epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic gripping the United States. The southern US state now has 2,305 confirmed cases and 83 deaths. New Orleans alone accounts for 997 of the cases and 46 of the deaths. (Photo by Emily Kask / 30203169A / AFP) (Photo by EMILY KASK/30203169A/AFP via Getty Images)

A shuttered restaurant is pictured in the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana, on March 26, 2020. – New Orleans, the Louisiana city known as the “Big Easy” famed for its jazz and nightlife, has become an epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic gripping the United States. The southern US state now has 2,305 confirmed cases and 83 deaths. New Orleans alone accounts for 997 of the cases and 46 of the deaths. (Photo by Emily Kask / 30203169A / AFP) (Photo by EMILY KASK/30203169A/AFP via Getty Images)

National Guard members walk down Rampart Street in New Orleans, Louisiana, on March 26, 2020. – New Orleans, the Louisiana city known as the “Big Easy” famed for its jazz and nightlife, has become an epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic gripping the United States. The southern US state now has 2,305 confirmed cases and 83 deaths. New Orleans alone accounts for 997 of the cases and 46 of the deaths. (Photo by Emily Kask / 30203169A / AFP) (Photo by EMILY KASK/30203169A/AFP via Getty Images)

Stony Brook, N.Y.: State workers and members of the National Guard check in people arriving for the drive-thru coronavirus testing at Stony brook University in New York on March 25, 2020. (Photo by John Paraskevas/Newsday RM via Getty Images)

Gov. Brad Little issues a statewide stay-at-home order to further prevent spread of coronavirus COVID-19 at a press conference Wednesday, March 25, 2020 held at Gowen Field, headquarters of the Idaho Army National Guard in Boise, Idaho. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

A Healthcare worker help to check in with the assistant from the Florida Army National Guard as vehicles line up at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing center at Marlins Park as the coronavirus pandemic continues on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 in Miami. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

A Healthcare worker help to check in with the assistant from the Florida Army National Guard as vehicles line up at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing center at Marlins Park as the coronavirus pandemic continues on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 in Miami. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 26: (L-R) U.S. President Donald Trump and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci arrive for a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic in the press briefing room of the White House on March 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Friday on the $2 trillion stimulus package to combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 26: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci listens as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic, in the press briefing room of the White House on March 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. After the U.S. House of Representatives votes on Friday, President Trump is expected to sign the $2 trillion stimulus package to combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 25: Flanked by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci (L) and White House coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx, Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic, in the press briefing room of the White House on March 25, 2020 in Washington, DC. The United States Senate continues to work on a $2 trillion aide package to combat the health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

BLOOMINGTON, UNITED STATES – MARCH 26, 2020: A volunteer puts on gloves before participating in the Monroe County Food Train to give meals, and groceries to youth 18 and under, during the COVID-19/Coronavirus emergency in Bloomington. Hundreds of workers have been laid off in the community, and the governor has issued a stay-at-home order.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Jeremy Hogan / Echoes Wire/ Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Jeremy Hogan / Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – MARCH 26: Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders and Gov. Charlie Baker hold a press conference in the Gardner Auditorium at The Massachusetts State House in Boston on March 26, 2020. Baker and Sudders addressed attempting to secure more pieces of personal protection equipment and mobile schooling concerns. (Photo by Blake Nissen/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

The Magic Bag theater is pictured closed, due to Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s measures to stop the spread of COVID 19 in Ferndale, Michigan on March 26, 2020. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP) (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images)

A Great Clips hair salon sign is pictured as it’s closed, due to Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s measures to stop the spread of COVID 19 in Ferndale, Michigan on March 26, 2020. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP) (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images)

A closed sign is seen on the Suburban Buick GMC that is currently closed by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to stop the spread of coronavirus,COVID-19, in Ferndale, Michigan on March 26, 2020. – President Donald Trump, keen for an early lifting of economically costly social distancing measures against the coronavirus, said he would propose dividing the United States by risk levels. In a letter to state governors released by the White House, Trump said that better testing now allows the mapping of virus threat on a local level. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP) (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – MARCH 26: The Boston Public Garden on March 26, 2020 in Boston, United States. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker required all non-essential businesses to close on Tuesday and requested the population to stay home as much as possible. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

METHUEN, MA – MARCH 25: A sign in front of the Donald P. Timony Grammar School in Methuen, MA reminds students and parents to check their email often for updates on March 25, 2020. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced that schools in the state will remained closed until at least May 4 in response to the coronavirus emergency. The announcement came as state public health officials reported that the total number of coronavirus-related deaths had risen to 15, up from 11 the day before. Officials reported 679 new confirmed cases of the disease, bringing the tally in Massachusetts to 1,838, up from 1,159. Officials said 19,794 people had been tested as of Wednesday, up from 13,749. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

A Los Angeles traffic officer wear a mask as he directs traffic on March 24, 2020. – In California, already under orders to stay home because of the coronavirus outbreak, Governor Gavin Newsom tightened the lockdown to shut parking lots at beaches and parks after tens of thousands flouted social distancing rules. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 24: Members of the California National Guard 115th Regional Support Group help pack boxes of food at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Silicon Valley on March 24, 2020 in San Jose, California. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has deployed the California National Guard to help distribute food at food banks across the state that have seen a huge decline in volunteers that usually help sort and pack food for the needy. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A woman walks through an almost-deserted Times Square in the early morning hours on April 23, 2020 in New York City. – Job losses from the coronavirus pandemic deepened last week with data Thursday showing another 4.4 million US workers filed new claims for jobless benefits, bringing the total to 26.4 million since mid-March. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP) (Photo by JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images)

A woman crosses a quiet intersection Wednesday night, April 22, 2020, in the Bronx borough of New York during the coronavirus outbreak. As President Donald Trump aims for a swift nationwide reopening, he faces a new challenge: convincing people it’s safe to come out and resume their normal lives. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Members of the NYPD attend the funeral of Traffic Section Commander Mohammed Chowdhury in New York, Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Chowdhury died on Sunday, April 19, 2020, from complications related to the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Members of the NYPD Honor Guard, wearing masks, carry the casket of Traffic Section Commander Mohammed Chowdhury during his funeral in New York, Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Chowdhury died on Sunday, April 19, 2020, from complications related to the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Mourners wearing personal protective equipment watch as the casket of Traffic Section Commander Mohammed Chowdhury is loaded into a hearse during his funeral in New York, Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Chowdhury died on Sunday, April 19, 2020, from complications related to the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Photo by: John Nacion/STAR MAX/IPx 2020 4/22/20 Life in New York City during the covid-19 pandemic.

Photo by: John Nacion/STAR MAX/IPx 2020 4/22/20 Life in New York City during the covid-19 pandemic.

Protesters stand on the steps of the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Flag-waving, honking protesters drove past the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday to show their displeasure with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s orders to keep people at home and businesses locked during the new coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

A passenger in a vehicle holds a sign during a protest at the State Capitol in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Flag-waving, honking protesters drove past the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday to show their displeasure with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s orders to keep people at home and businesses locked during the new coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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Xbox Digital Direct replaces long redemption codes with a single click – Engadget

June 8th, 2020

The WHO Throws a Wrench In What We All Thought About the Coronavirus – Townhall

June 8th, 2020

For months we have heard about how asymptomatic people, particularly the young, are unknowingly spreading the Wuhan coronavirus to vulnerable people, including the elderly and those with preexisting conditions. The World Health Organization on Monday said asymptomatic people spreading the disease is actually “very rare.”

“From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary individual,” Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, said during a press conference. “It’s very rare.”

Originally, the WHO and the White House Coronavirus Task Force said that otherwise healthy people could contract the Wuhan coronavirus and pass it on to others without knowing it because they lack any symptoms, CNBC reported. The asymptomatic spread was the very reason most of the nation went on lockdown and social distancing was heavily emphasized. 

According to Van Kerkhove, government officials are better off spending their time finding those who are infected and conducting contact tracing. 

“We have a number of reports from countries who are doing very detailed contact tracing,” she explained. “They’re following asymptomatic cases. They’re following contacts. And they’re not finding secondary transmission onward. It’s very rare.”

She also said that cases that have been labeled “asymptomatic” aren’t actually that. Those cases are actually detectable but the person has mild symptoms.

Something is going on at the World Health Organization. They keep changing their tune. Just a couple days ago they said masks are no longer necessary in public. That was a little more than one week after saying masks should always be worn. 

Why should anyone believe what the WHO says, especially when it comes to the Wuhan coronavirus? They have been all over the place on this virus. Remember: back in December, Taiwan made every effort to alert the WHO to the coronavirus outbreak, as evidenced by the release of an email. 

In late January, the WHO parrotted the Chinese Communist Party’s talking points, particularly that the Wuhan coronavirus was not transmitted from human-to-human. It was revealed that China waited six days to alert the world to the virus that was ravaging Wuhan. Not only that but Chinese President Xi Jinping personally asked Tedros to delay publishing vital information about the Wuhan coronavirus. Specifically, Xi wanted the WHO to not tell the world that the coronavirus was transmitted from person-to-person.

If the WHO wanted to be taken seriously they would have been upfront and honest from the beginning instead of protecting China. They wouldn’t do this continual flop-flopping. 

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Maine CDC reports 18 new coronavirus cases, no new deaths – WMTW Portland

June 8th, 2020

Maine CDC reports 18 new coronavirus cases, no new deaths

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HOLDING ITS DAILY PRESS BRIEFING. LET’S LISTEN IN. OTHER JOHNSON AND DHHS COMMISSIONER JEAN RAM BREW WE’RE HERE TODAY TO PROVIDE AN UPDATE ON THE COVID-19 SITUATION ACROSS THE STATE OF MAINE FOR TODAY MONDAY, JUNE 8TH 2020. I’LL PROVIDE SOME OF THE UPDATES ON WHERE THE NUMBER OF SCAN BEFORE I TURN THINGS OVER TO GOVERNOR COMMISSIONER JOHNSON AND COMMISSIONER LAMBERT. UBER ALL THE MAINE CDC IS NOW REPORTING 2588 CASES. OF COVID-19 ACROSS THE STATE REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 18 CASES SINCE YESTERDAY I’M MOST CASES 2305 OUR LABORATORY CONFIRMED AND 283 ARE PROBABLE. OVERALL 99 INDIVIDUALS ACROSS THE STATE HAVE PASSED AWAY WITH COVID-19 THE SAME NUMBER AS YESTERDAY. 301 INDIVIDUALS HAVE BEEN HOSPITALIZED AT SOME POINT AND THIRTY SEVEN INDIVIDUALS ARE CURRENTLY HOSPITALIZED AND OF 3 FROM YESTERDAY. OF THOSE 37:12 ARE IN THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT AND SEVEN REMAIN ON VENTILATORS. OVERALL 1891 INDIVIDUALS HAVE RECOVERED FROM THEIR BOAT WITH COVID-19 AN INCREASE OF 27 RECOVERY SINCE YESTERDAY. AND OF OUR CASES 635 ARE AMONG HEALTHCARE WORKERS. I WOULD LIKE TO NOTE THAT TO OUTBREAKS OF SIGNIFICANCE HAD CLOSED. ONE WAS THE HOPE HOUSE FACILITY IN BANGOR? THE OTHER WAS EDGEWOOD REHAB IN FARMINGTON? BOTH OF THOSE FACILITIES HAVE NOW GONE THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF DAYS WITHOUT ANY NEW CASES AND MAINE CDC HAS DECLARED THOSE OUTBREAKS TO BE OVER. THE LAST NUMBER I’D LIKE TO PROVIDE EVERYONE IS AN UPDATE ON OUR OVERALL TESTING. YESTERDAY ACROSS THE STATE OF MAINE THERE WERE A TOTAL OF 1185 MOLECULAR OR PCR BASED TESTS DONE. OF THOSE 1185 NINETEEN WERE POSITIVE. MAKING OUR POINT POSITIVITY RATE FOR YESTERDAY. 1.6% AGAIN, WE STILL HAVE MORE WAYS TO GO WITH RESPECT TO TESTING BUT WE ARE GETTING TO WHERE WE HAVE BEEN GOING FOR QUITE SOME TIME. WITH THAT I’D LIKE TO TURN THINGS OVER TO GOVERNOR MILLS. THANK YOU. DR. SHAH. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UPDATE DOWN. TODAY WE HAVE TWO SIGNIFICANT ANNOUNCEMENTS. AND WE’VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS ALL WEEKEND AND FOR SEVERAL WEEKS FRANKLY. THE FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT, IS THAT OUR ADMINISTRATION HAS REACHED ANOTHER AGREEMENT WITH IDEXX. THIS ONE WILL QUADRUPLE OUR COVID-19 TESTING CAPACITY AT THE STATE LAB. WE ARE ALSO DEVELOPING SWAB AND SEND TESTING SITES THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF MAINE. AND WE ARE ALLOWING PEOPLE IN MAINE WITH ELEVATED RISK OF EXPOSURE. THE CATEGORIES OF PEOPLE TO GET FOR THE VIRUS. THIS DRAMATICALLY ENHANCED EXPANDED TESTING CAPACITY. WILL COME ONLINE IN JULY. CRITICAL TO PROTECTING THE MAIN HEALTH PEOPLE WHO COMMIT THE HEALTH OF MANY PEOPLE AND THE HELP OF VISITORS WHO COME HERE THIS SUMMER. I’M GOING TO LET MR. LAMBREAUX DESCRIBE A FEW DETAILS ABOUT THIS NEWS. RIGHT NOW THANK YOU. GOVERNOR. WE ARE THRILLED TO. VAST EXPANSION OF MAINE’S COVID-19 TESTING MAINE SUGGESTING TESTING ACTIVITY ALREADY FAR EXCEEDS U S– CITY THE RECOMMENDED MINIMUM OF TWO PERCENT OF THE POPULATION PER MONTH. IN MAY THE STATE’S PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LABS. DOCTOR NEARLY 37,000 TESTS THAT SURPASSES THE MINIMUM BY 40% THE PLAN ANNOUNCED TODAY WILL BOLSTER CAPACITY FURTHER THROUGH THREE STEPS. FIRST DEPARTMENT OF HELPING YOU SERVICES IS BROADENING HIS PARTNERSHIP WITH ITEMS. IT WILL EXPAND ESTATES LAB CAPACITY. SPECIFICALLY WE WILL SET UP A NEW. WALPOLE LABORATORY TO BE STATIONED AT THE STATE’S HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL TESTING LABORATORY IN AUGUSTA. AS A RESULT OF THIS NEW CAPACITY WRITING IN JULY THEY WILL BE ABLE TO. PROCESS 25,000 TESTS A WEEK THAT QUADRUPLES CURRENT. ASK ME. THIS AGREEMENT INCLUDES AN ADDITIONAL 350 THOUSAND TESTS FOR THE STATE OF OVER THE COMING MONTHS. SECOND TODAY. WE ARE ANNOUNCING THE SITES WHERE WE ARE TARGETING. CALLED SWAB AND SEND SITES THESE LOCATIONS ACROSS ME. SURE THAT 90. CENTER OF OUR RESIDENTS CAN DRIVE TO GET TESTED WITH THE 30 MINUTES OF THEIR HOME THESE SITES WILL THE ROUGHLY 40 CURRENT TESTING SITES AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC. AND THIS WEEK THE DEPARTMENT WILL FORM. RIGHT FOR FEDERAL GRANT FUNDING PORT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SPECIMEN COLLECTION IT’S WILL THEN SEND THE TO THIS NEW EXPANDED CAPACITY OF THE SAVE THIS GREATER ACCESS TO SAFE AND ACCESSIBLE TEST. WILL ALSO EXTENDED TOURIST SEASONAL WORKERS. OTHER VISITORS TO ME AND THIRD WE ARE MAKING TESTING AVAILABLE TO MORE PEOPLE IN ME. TODAY WE ARE ISSUING A STANDING. ALLOWING PEOPLE IN ME WITH ELEVATED RISK TO GET A COVID-19. WITHOUT THE NEED FOR A SEPARATE ORDER FROM A HEALTHCARE. THIS MEANS INDIVIDUALS CAN SEE PASSING EVEN IF THEY DON’T HAVE A PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER. WERE WRITTEN ORDER FROM A CLINICIAN? IF THEY FACE RISK OF WEATHER WITHOUT EXPERIENCE THIS COULD INCLUDE PLEASE OF LIVING FACILITY SUCH AS NURSING HOME. LODGING ESTABLISHMENTS THIS RESOURCE AS WELL AS VISITORS FROM OTHER STATES WITH HIGHER PREVALENCE OF COVID-19. THAT IS A GOOD SEGUE TO TURN IT BACK TO GOVERNOR MILLS TO TALK ABOUT CHORES. THANK YOU COMMISSIONER LAMBREAUX. SO THE SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT I WANT TO MAKE TODAY. IS THAT FOLLOWING? PIECE OF WORK SEVERAL WEEKS OF WORK MY ADMINISTRATION TODAY IS UNVEILING THE KEEP MAIN HEALTHY PLAN AND THAT’S A PLAN THAT AIMS TO PROTECT THE HEALTH OF MAINE PEOPLE WHILE ALSO ALLOWING TOURISTS TO VISIT MAIN AND TO SUPPORT OUR SMALL BUSINESSES AND THEIR STAFFS DURING THESE CRUCIAL SUMMER MONTHS. THE PLAN PROVIDES AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE 14 DAY QUARANTINE REQUIREMENT THAT MAIN LIKE MANY STATES HAVE IMPLEMENTED IN ORDER TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH. PLAN IS THE IS THE RESULT OF SEVERAL WEEKS OF CONSTANT WORK AND ENGAGEMENT WITH TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY LEADERS WITH BUSINESS OWNERS OF LOCAL CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE. PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS LAWMAKERS AND MUNICIPAL OFFICIAL OFFICIALS AMONG MANY OTHERS THIS PLAN RESTS ON THREE CORNERSTONES ONE HAVING VISITORS CERTIFY THAT THEY HAVE RECEIVED A RECENT NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST. IN ORDER TO STAY IN LODGING ESTABLISHMENTS IN MAINE LIKE HOTELS CAMPGROUNDS AIRBNB. SARAH TWO INCREASING SYMPTOM CHECKS AT PLACES WHERE VISITORS TEND TO GO PLACES LIKE VISITOR CENTERS OR PARKING LOTS AT BEACHES. A3 SUPPORTING COMMUNITY PROMOTION OF COVID-19 PREVENTION BEST PRACTICES AND PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATION GETTING THE TOWN’S INVOLVED. TESTING UNDER THIS PLAN ADULTS NOT CHILDREN, BUT ADULTS WHO HAVE TAKEN AND RECEIVED A NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST WITHIN 70 72 HOURS OF THEIR VISIT. MAY FORGO THE 14 DAY UPON THEIR ARRIVAL IN MAINE. A NEGATIVE TEST INDICATES THAT EVEN WHEN COMING FROM AREAS OF HIGHER PREVALENCE THAN NAME. SUCH PEOPLE ARE UNLIKELY TO HAVE COVID-19 AND TO SPREAD IT TO MAINE RESIDENTS AND OTHER VISITORS AND STAFF OF THESE. AS A FALLBACK INDIVIDUALS MIGHT BE TESTED AFTER THEY COME TO MAINE AS WELL. BUT THAT WOULD THEY WOULD HAVE TO QUARANTINE WHILE AWAITING THE RESULTS. SO THE PREFERENCE IS THEY WILL BE ASKED. TEST BEFORE THEY COME KNOW BEFORE YOU GO. THAT’S WHAT WE’RE URGING DOES. IT IS TWO MAIN TO DO. NO, BEFORE YOU GO MEANING THEY SHOULD BE TESTED AND RECEIVE THEIR RESULTS IN THEIR HOME STATE BEFORE TRAVELING TO MAINE. IS TESTING EXPANSION THE COMMISSIONER LAMBREAUX IS JUST SPOKEN ABOUT MAY BE HELPFUL FOR TOURISTS AS WELL. BUT IT’S A BACKUP OPTION ONLY. OTTER FIRST CHOICE FOR THEM WE WILL BE ASKING VISITORS TO MAINE TO SIGN A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE. IT INDICATES THEY HAVE RECEIVED EITHER RECEIVED A NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST RESULT. OR THAT THEY WILL BE QUARANTINED IN MAINE FOR 14 DAYS OR THAT THEY HAVE ALREADY COMPLETED THEIR 14 QUARANTINE IN MAINE. CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE IS SIMILAR TO WHAT NEW HAMPSHIRE AND VERMONT ARE DOING. VISITORS MUST PROVIDE THIS COMPLIANCE FORM WHEN THEY CHECK IN AT ANY MAIN LODGING CAMPGROUND SEASONAL RENTAL OVERNIGHT CAMP OR OTHER COMMERCIAL LODGING SUCH AS AIR B&B. VISITORS MAY BE ASKED TO FURNISH PROOF OF THE NEGATIVE RESULT UPON RESERVE UPON REQUEST. THIS CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENT WILL TAKE EFFECT JULY 1 AS WE ANTICIPATED STAGE 3 TO COMMENCE. THAT’S WHEN LODGING ESTABLISHMENTS MAY BEGIN SERVING RESIDENTS OUTSIDE OF MAINE. ONE IMPORTANT NOTE, HOWEVER WE WILL EXEMPT RESIDENTS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE AND VERMONT FROM THE TESTING OR 14 DAY QUARANTINE REQUIREMENT ALL TOGETHER. BRADLEY WHEN ADJUSTED FOR POPULATION PREVALENCE OF ACTIVE CASES OF COVID-19 IN THOSE STATES PRETTY SIMILAR TO MAINS AND THEY’RE GOING DOWN. THIS EXEMPTION FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE AND VERMONT RESIDENTS TAKES EFFECT IMMEDIATELY FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO COME TO MAINE FOR BRIEF TIME TO TURNED OF NEW HAMPSHIRE VERMONT GO BEACH HERE. AS OF THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 12TH THOSE NEW HAMPSHIRE AND VERMONT RESIDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO STAY IN LODGING ESTABLISHMENTS IN MAINE WITHOUT THROUGH THE COMPLIANCE MEASURES. BY CONTRAST PLACES LIKE, MASSACHUSETTS, NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY WHERE NEARLY HALF OF MAINE’S VISITORS AND TOURISTS COME FROM THE PREVALENCE ARE PLACES WHERE THE PREVALENCE OF THE VIRUS IS 8 TO 11 TIMES HIGHER THAN THE POPULATION ADJUSTED RATES FROM NAME? SORRY TO INTERRUPT BUT I CAN’T HEAR THE GOVERNOR. NOW COPY THAT WE’RE GOING TO WE’RE GOING TO SIGNAL OVER TO HER OFFICE. AND OFFICE AND GET THE AUDIO BACK ONLINE GOVERNOR IF YOU ARE ABLE TO HEAR ME ASK YOU TO PAUSE FOR A MOMENT WHILE WE STRAIGHTEN OUT THE AUDIO. WHILE WE ARE SORTING OUT THE AUDIO ON THE GOVERNOR’S SIDE COMMISSIONER HEATHER JOHNSON FROM DECD IS ON COMMISSIONER PJOHNSON. COULD I COULD I TURN IT OVER TO YOU WHILE THE GOVERNOR’S GETTING BACK ONLINE? AND COMMISSIONER YOU’RE ON MUTE. SORRY, WE’RE AUDIO ISSUES. UM, SO YEAH, THANK YOU. DR. SHAH. I THINK WHERE THE GOVERNOR WAS GOING TO THAT IS WE HAVE THESE THREE CORNERSTONES THAT REALLY LOOK AT. CREATING MULTIPLE LAYERS TO TRY TO OPEN UP THE ECONOMY AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE AND KEEP TOUR SAFE AT THE SAME TIME. WE FEEL CONFIDENT THAT TOURISTS ARE LOOKING FOR SAFE DESTINATIONS AS ONE OF THE LOOP. THERE’S THE GOVERNOR BACK ONE OF THE PRIMARY DESTINATIONS AND I WILL LET THE GOVERNOR. RESUME GOVERNOR WHY I’M BACK. THANK YOU. DID YOU FINISH FOR ME? I DIDN’T. AS I WAS TALKING ABOUT NEW HAMPSHIRE AND VERMONT, I THINK WHEN I MIGHT HAVE CUT OUT AND I SAID TO SAY THAT OTHER PLACES LIKE, MASSACHUSETTS, NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY AND MUCH HIGHER INCIDENCE RATE. SO THEY HAVE TO FILE A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE BEFORE ONIONS AND THEY CAN START DOING THAT JULY 1. SYMPTOM CHECKING WE’RE ALSO STEPPING UP THE GAME ON SYMPTOM CHECKING. AT LEAST HALF OF ALL PEOPLE WOULD COVID-19. SHOW SYMPTOMS SO THE STATE IS ENCOURAGING SYMPTOM CHECKING AT STATE LEVEL LOCAL LEVEL AND THROUGH. PRIVATE SECTOR LIKE WE ALREADY DO SAY WHEN YOU GET YOUR HAIRCUT. THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES IS TEAMING UP WITH MAINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEMS. SYSTEM TO ENLIST STUDENTS IN THE HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONS UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF THEIR PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING PROGRAM TO ASK THEY WILL GO OUT AND ASK VISITORS IN HIGH-TRAFFIC PLACES LIKE TOURIST DESTINATION. VISITOR CENTERS IN FEET PARKING LOT ENTRANCE SO WE’LL BE ASKING PEOPLE ABOUT SYMPTOMS. OFFERING ADVICE ON HOW TO STAY WELL. THE DEPARTMENT TRANSPORTATION REPLACING SIGNS AT KEYSIGHT’S MAJOR ROADWAYS AS YOU ENTER MAIN ENTRANCES TO OUR STATE PARKS FERRY TERMINALS. THESE THINGS THESE SIGNS WILL INSTRUCT PEOPLE TO STAY HOME OR SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF THEY HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19. IT’S FINES WILL ALSO INCLUDE THE REQUIREMENT THAT MOST OUT OF WILL QUARANTINE. 14 DAYS OR HAVE A TEST FOR COVID-19. A- 10 FINALLY SUPPORTING LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH AND PREVENTION EFFORTS AS PART OF THIS. MUNICIPALITIES ARE ON THE FRONT LINES WHEN IT COMES TO COMMUNITY QUESTIONS RELATING AT RELATING TO COVID-19. WE’VE HEARD FROM MANY OF THEM THAT THEY’D LIKE TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION. AND WE WANT TO PARTNER WITH THEM. WE ARE OFFERING FINANCIAL INCENTIVES TO MUNICIPALITIES TO DEVELOP THEIR OWN COVID-19 PREVENTION AND PROTECTION PLAN. MY REIMBURSING MUNICIPAL COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATION AND PREVENTION ACTIVITIES. THE STATE WILL PROVIDE UP TO 13 MILLION DOLLARS TOTAL STATEWIDE FROM FEDERAL FUNDS. LOCAL PREVENTION AND EDUCATION PLANS THESE PLANS WILL INCLUDE A POINT OF CONTACT FOR THE MUNICIPALITY SO WE’LL KNOW WHO TO CALL IN THE DIFFERENT TOWNS. AND CERTAIN OTHER THINGS LIKE THESE PLANS WILL EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ABOUT COVID-19 INC. POSTING SIGNS FOR INSTANCE ABOUT SYMPTOMS OR HOW TO PROPERLY WASH YOUR HANDS TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF A VIRUS. IT WILL INCLUDE PHYSICAL DISTANCING MEASURES LIKE SIGNAGE FOR PHYSICAL DISTANCING AND PUBLIC PLACES AND ENCLOSED STREETS. HE’LL PROVIDE STAFF TO LIMIT CROWDS IN FRONT OF RESTAURANTS BARS BEACHES AND OTHER SITES. PROVIDE NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN SIGNAGE PURCHASE PROTECTIVE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT ENHANCING SANITIZER MADE AVAILABLE TO STAFF AND VISITORS AND FOR USE OF PUBLIC LOCATIONS. AN EXTRA CLEANING SUPPLIES AND ADDITIONAL STAFF TIME. IT MAY BE REQUIRED FOR ENHANCING CLEANING AND MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC SPACES AND RESTROOM. FINALLY, THEY SHOULD ALSO INCLUDE A DEBT DESIGNATED AN INDIVIDUAL WHO WILL BE DESIGNATED BY THE TOWN OR CITY. A CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OR LOCAL HEALTH OFFICER WHO WILL BE THE POET CONTACT THE LOCAL CONTEXT FOR ASSISTING IN EDUCATING LOCAL BUSINESSES ON BEST PRACTICES? ROUTE THIS TIME, MAINE CDC WILL MONITOR EPIDEMIOLOGICAL DATA AS IT HAS THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE REOPENING PROCESS. INCLUDING PACE TRENDS HOSPITALIZATION RATES AND REPORTS OF COVID LIKE SYMPTOMS. AS WELL AS HEALTH CARE READINESS AND CAPACITY. WITH A ANYTIME A REVIEW OF THESE MEASURES IN THEIR TOTALITY. AND IN CONTEXT FINDS EVIDENCE OF A CONCERNING INCREASE IN COVID-19. STATE OF MAINE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REMOVE SWIFTLY. IT’S A LIMIT HARM TO PROTECT ME PEOPLE. INCLUDING POSSIBLY ROLLING BACK SOME SECTOR-SPECIFIC RE-OPENINGS IN A COMMUNITY OR IN A REGION. THERE’S NO QUESTION OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS LOOMED LARGE OVER OUR STATE’S TOURISM INDUSTRY. THAT INDUSTRY IS ALREADY AFFECTED BY TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS ON CANADIAN VISITORS. A DOWNTURN IN THE ECONOMY GENERALLY A DECREASE IN CONSUMER SPENDING NATIONALLY. MAINE PEOPLE FEAR THAT MORE VISITORS WILL INCREASE THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS. MANY SMALL BUSINESSES FEAR THAT A LACK OF VISITORS WILL FORCE THEM TO CLOSE THE DOORS PERMANENTLY. YOU’RE TRYING TO SAVE THE LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS OF MAIN PEOPLE. AND IT’S MY HOPE BY BY CREATING LAYERS OF PROTECTION AND EDUCATION. COMPLIANCE TO REDUCE THE RISK OF TRANSMISSION OF THE VIRUS. THIS PLAN WILL PROTECT THE PUBLIC HEALTH. IT WAS ESTABLISHED MAIN AS A SAFE PLACE TO VISIT. AND IT WILL ALLOW TOURISTS TO COME TO ME TO SUPPORT OUR SMALL BUSINESSES AND KEEP THE STAFF OF THOSE SMALL BUSINESSES. SAFE AS WELL THANK YOU FOR LISTENING MY COMMISSIONERS AND I WOULD BE HAPPY TO TAKE SOME QUESTIONS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH GOVERNOR. WE HAVE A FULL ROSTER OF QUESTIONS FROM OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE BEFORE I BEFORE I TURNED IT IN COMMISSIONER JOHNSON. WAS THERE ANYTHING ELSE THAT YOU WANTED TO ADD IN? I DON’T THINK SO. DR. SHAW. THANK YOU. I THINK THE GOVERNOR DID A GREAT JOB AND WE CERTAINLY LOOK FORWARD TO SAFELY WELCOMING FOLKS TO ME GREAT. GREAT IN THAT CASE AGAIN. WE’VE GOT A FULL ROSTER FROM OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE MEDIA WITH 14 QUESTIONS. AND TODAY’S FIRST QUESTION GOES TO CAPE COD FROM THE ELLSWORTH AMERICAN. THANK YOU SO MUCH ALL OF YOU. AND MY FIRST QUESTION IS FOR DR. SHAW. I’M WONDERING IF YOU CAN TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT LOCAL HEALTH OFFICERS. I KNOW YOU’VE BEEN DIRECTING PEOPLE TO THEM FOR QUESTIONS AND CAN YOU JUST TALK ABOUT ABOUT HOW THEY’RE TRAINED AND THEIR BACKGROUNDS? YOU KNOW, WE’VE HAD SOME REPORTS THAT FOLKS HAVE RECEIVED. YOU KNOW FOLKS HAVE CALLED THEIR LOCAL HEALTH HEALTH OFFICER, AND THEY’VE BEEN TOLD THAT YOU KNOW, THE OFFICERS DIDN’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT CORONAVIRUS. SO I’M JUST WONDERING IF YOU CAN TALK ABOUT THE TRAINING FOR THOSE PEOPLE. SURE. OKAY. SO LOCAL HEALTH OFFICERS COME TO THAT POSITION FROM A VARIETY OF BACKGROUNDS ACROSS THE STATE. THERE’S NOT ONE SINGLE SET OF TRAINING OR BACKGROUND OR SKILLS THAT’S REQUIRED TO TAKE THE POSITION. IT REFLECTS HOW BROAD AND DIVERSE PUBLIC HEALTH CAN BE BUT WE WHAT WE ARE WORKING ON DOING IS MAKING SURE THAT WE LEVEL SET. WITH ALL OF THE LOCAL OFFICIALS WHETHER THEY BE LOCAL HEALTH OFFICIALS LOCAL HEALTH OFFICERS OR OTHERS THAT MIGHT BE INVOLVED IN THE PROGRAM THE GOVERNOR OUTLINED WE’RE WORKING ON ROLLING OUT TRAININGS WEBINARS AND CHECK INS FOR THEM. SO THEY’VE GOT ALL OF THE EQUIPMENT ALL THE THAT THEY NEED TO HAVE. TO TAKE UNDER UNDERTAKE THESE TASKS WHETHER IT’S FROM AN EDUCATIONAL STANDPOINT OR AS THE GOVERNOR NOTED FROM A FISCAL STANDPOINT AS WELL. THANK YOU. AND THEN MY SECOND QUESTION IS FOR GOVERNOR MILLS. AND SO CAN YOU CLARIFY WHO WILL BE PROVIDING THE COMPLIANCE FORMS TO VISITORS IS THAT IS THE HONEST IS THE ONUS OF THAT ON THE BUSINESS AND THEN WILL THE STATE BE KEEPING THESE COMPLIANCE FORMS ON FILE SOMEWHERE FOR FUTURE REFERENCE. WE PROPOSED PLAN RIGHT NOW ON THESE COMPLIANCE FORMS BEING KEPT BY THE LODGING FACILITY FOR 30 DAYS. LET’S SAY AND MAKE THEM AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION IF NEEDED. WE’RE NOT GOING TO HAVE A CENTRAL DATABASE OF THEM OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT BUT AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION. THANK YOU. GREAT. THANKS KATE. WE’LL TURN TO PATRICK BOODLE AT THE AP NEXT. YES. HI. THANK YOU FOR TOLERATING THE DELAY. I’M JUST WONDERING IF WE COULD HEAR A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT WHAT WHAT WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT ENFORCEMENT AT SITES PLACES WHERE? WHERE RESIDENTS ARE WERE VISITORS AND LIKELY TO GO? DID WE HEAR A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT? WHAT WHAT KIND OF FORM THAT COULD TAKE WHAT KIND OF SITES WERE TALKING ABOUT AND WHAT IT COULD LOOK LIKE? AND SECOND QUESTION FOR FOR DR. SHAW. IS IT POSSIBLE YOU HAVE TO HAVE ANY IDEA IF STATE’S OVERALL DEATH RATE IS? GOING TO BE HIGHER. OF THE VIRUS OR ARE WE IS THERE TOO MUCH DATA TO KNOW THAT YET. OVERALL DEATH RATE MR. JOHNSON, DO YOU WANT TO TAKE THE FIRST? ASPECT ABOUT I THINK IT’S ABOUT TEST SITES OR COMPLIANCE OR YEAH, I WOULD JUST LIKE TO KNOW A LITTLE BIT MORE DETAIL ABOUT UM WHEN WE TALK ABOUT HOW PEOPLE WILL POSSIBLY BE WE’LL NEED TO EITHER SHOW SHOW PROOF OF A NEGATIVE TEST OR SOMETHING ELSE THAT SITES THAT THEY’RE ADEQUATELY GO IN THERE ON VACATION. I GUESS I’M JUST WONDERING WHAT THAT’S GOING TO LOOK LIKE AND WHAT WHAT LOCATIONS ARE TALKING ABOUT. YEAH, SO THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION AND I’LL GET STARTED AND COMMISSIONER LAMBREAUX. MAYBE IF YOU WANT TO JUMP IN THIS IS A LITTLE BIT OF YOUR AREA AS WELL. SO WHAT WILL HAPPEN CERTAINLY, YOU KNOW? WE BELIEVE PEOPLE WILL WRITE WANT TO COMPLY. MOST PEOPLE WANT TO KEEP THE PEOPLE AROUND THEM SAFE. AND SO REALLY THIS IS A IS JUST A FORM THAT THEY WILL FILL OUT TO ATTEST TO THE FACT THAT THEY HAVE HAD A NEGATIVE TEST. OR THAT THEY PLAN TO QUARANTINE OR WILL QUARANTINE AND THAT WOULD BE DONE. WE WILL HAVE THAT FORM AVAILABLE ON OUR SITE AND AND IT WILL BE AVAILABLE AT HOTELS AS WELL IF PEOPLE WANT TO REVIEW THE FORM BEFORE THEY COME IT’S CERTAINLY LIKELY BE INCLUDED IN CONFIRMATION EMAILS AND THOSE TYPES OF THINGS. SO PEOPLE KNOW WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING AT AND THEN THEY WOULD JUST SIGN THAT AT THE POINT OF LODGING THAT’S ONE AND AT AIRBNB’S AND OTHER PLACES THAT THEY WOULD STAY OVERNIGHT AGAIN THE DURATION AND DENSITY OF OVER A NICE DAY IS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT. AND SO THAT’S WHY WE HAVE A POINT OF REFERENCE THERE ADDITIONALLY OTHER ACTIONS THAT I THINK WILL SEE ARE THE SUPPORT FROM PUBLIC HEALTH NURSES IN OTHER AREAS, AND I’M GOING TO DEFER COMMISSIONER LAMBREAUX TO YOU IF YOU WANT TO JUMP IN HERE ON THE PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING TO DRAMA COMPONENTS. I WANT TO PULL BACK A LITTLE BIT. AS A REMINDER, THIS IS ALL ABOUT PUBLIC HEALTH. WE ARE UNDER A PUBLIC HEALTH STATE OF EMERGENCY AND WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT PUBLIC HEALTH IS MUCH OF WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO DO RESTS ON THE FACT THAT MOST PEOPLE WANT TO KEEP THEMSELVES WANT TO KEEP THEIR NEIGHBORS WANT TO KEEP THEIR COMMUNITIES HEALTHY. PLEASE LEVEL ALWAYS IS BROAD-BASED EDUCATION, WHICH IS WHY THE GOVERNOR IS SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES WITHOUT TO 30 MILLION DOLLARS TO HELP US DO THAT EDUCATION. WE LAUNCHED AN EDUCATION CAMPAIGN OURSELVES OF THE DEPARTMENT CALLED HEAT. IN KEEP IT NAME, WHICH IS ABOUT HOW DO WE REINFORCE THOSE PRACTICES? THAT ARE AT THE CORE OF THIS. WE LEVEL IN LAYER INTO THAT SPECIFIC ACTIONS A SPECIFIC INDIVIDUALS CAN TAKE TO EDUCATE THE RESTAURANT OWNER. OR THE LOCAL SHOPKEEPER ON THE BETTER BEST WAY TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AND THEIR CONSUMERS AND AS NEEDED WE GO TO IT. RICHMOND BUT THAT’S THE LAST STEP NOT THE FIRST STEP. GOING BACK TO WHAT COMMISSIONER JOHNSON TO SAID. WE HAVE HAD THE SAME APPROACH TO TOURISM. COMMUNITIES IN THEIR OWN ABILITY TO KEEP THEIR POTENTIALLY CROWDED BEACHES OR CROWDED SIDEWALKS SAFE. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE TRAIN PEOPLE WHO ARE STUDENTS WHO ARE ON THE STREET AND FASTENERS. IF IT’S NOT ME. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO ARE TRAINED PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSIONALS TRAINING PEOPLE OR EDUCATING PEOPLE ABOUT THEIR SYMPTOMS ON THE GROUND. AND I THINK THAT THE TESTING PART OF THIS THE TESTING VERSUS QUARANTINE FOR THOSE VISITORS FROM OTHER STATES OTHER THAN, NEW HAMPSHIRE. THAT IS SOMETHING THAT APPLIES BROADLY TO SEE. RESIDENTS TO PEOPLE COME IN AND OUT OF ME, BUT WE THINK THAT WHEN YOU COME TO A HOTEL USUALLY THEY’RE NOT THE SAY IN THE HOTEL YOU’RE THERE TO ENJOY ME TO GO OUT TO EAT TO ENJOY OUR RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS. SO WE THINK A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE. COMING AND STAYING IN YOUR HOTEL ROOM FOR 14 DAYS IS RECENTLY IDEALLY WITHIN 48 HOURS OF ARRIVING IN MAINE. NO LONGER THAN 72 GETTING A TEST IF IT’S NEGATIVE, THEN YOU CAN COME AND PRACTICE ALL THE PRACTICES THAT WE RECOMMEND. IT DOESN’T MEAN YOU’RE FREE. IT MEANS USE A COST-BASED. KEEP SOCIALLY DISTANCE AND ENJOY THEM. PATRICK I’LL TAKE YOUR QUESTION REALLY QUICKLY ABOUT WHAT WHAT WHAT WE SEE AND WHAT WE HAVE SEEN WITH RESPECT TO THE NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS. WHO IS PET WHO PASSED AWAY UM, UNFORTUNATELY IS I THINK YOUR QUESTION SUGGESTED PREDICTING THE CONTOURS OF THE OUTBREAK WHETHER IT BE THE NUMBER OF CASES THE LOCATION OR SADLY INDIVIDUALS WHO MIGHT PASS AWAY IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT. THERE WAS AN UPTICK IN THE NUMBER OF THOSE WHO PASSED AWAY A RELATED TO OH BRAKES THAT WE SAW ONCE A MORE LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES. ALTHOUGH THOSE HAVE QUIETED THEY COULD VERY EASILY RECUR. SO EVEN THOUGH WE’RE TAKING STEPS TOWARD REOPENING WERE SIMULTANEOUSLY KEEPING OUR ANTENNA UP FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF NEW OUTBREAKS. THAT COULD ALSO LEAD TO BAD PEOPLE PASSING AWAY. I’M GOING TO TURN NEXT TO AMY BROWN OVER AT WER YOU THANKS. DR. SCHAACK MY FIRST QUESTION NOT SURE IF IT GOES TO COMMISSIONER JOHNSON OR LAMB BREW WHERE MAYBE THE GOVERNOR BUT FIRST PART OF IT IS DO I UNDERSTAND CORRECTLY THAT THIS IS ON THE HONOR SYSTEM THAT PEOPLE JUST BE A TESTING. YOU HAVIN HAVING TAKEN A TEST WITHIN THE PAST 48 TO 72 HOURS, OR ARE THEY REQUIRED TO SHOW SOME KIND OF EVIDENCE? MAYBE I CAN JUST SAY BRIEFLY. WE EXPECT THAT. THIS CERTIFICATE WILL BE PART OF THE CHECKLIST FOR LODGING FACILITIES. AND THAT AS SUCH VIOLATING THAT CHECKLIST WOULD BE A VIOLATION OF EXECUTIVE ORDER SETS UP THIS CHECKLIST SO WE’LL BE ENFORCEABLE ULTIMATELY BUT POTENTIALLY CRIMINAL PENALTIES. BUT IN TERMS OF THE FOLKS COMING IN FROM OUT OF STATE, ARE THEY REQUIRED TO SHOW AN ACTUAL NEGATIVE TEST OR JUST SIGNS THAT THEY HAVE HAD ONE THEY MAY BE ASKED FOR THE ACTUAL TEST RESULTS WILL MAYBE WE WE DON’T WANT TO MAKE THE HOTEL STAFF BECOME A REPOSITORY FOR A HIPAA PROTECTED INFORMATION THAT WAS GOING TO BE MY NEXT QUESTION THE ACT GOING ON THERE. BUT IF ANY QUESTIONS ARISE SOMEONE MAY ASK FOR THE TEST RESULTS CONFIRMING IT. THIS MODEL LOOKING AT WHAT OTHER STATES ARE DOING? THE IDEA OF PROVIDING PROOF UPON REQUEST IS WHAT ALASKA FOR EXAMPLE IS THERE SIMILARLY USING TESTING. AS A MEANS OF KEEPING STAY SAFE. SO ARE WE? OKAY GREAT. THANK YOU. AND DR. SURE THE MAYOR OF DALLAS WAS TODAY IS URGING ANYONE WHO’S BEEN IN THE RECENT PROTESTS. TO GET TESTED FOR COVID AS HAVE SOME HEALTH OFFICIALS IN OTHER PLACES ACROSS THE COUNTRY INCLUDING MINNESOTA. ARE YOU RECOMMENDING THAT HERE IN MAINE FOR PEOPLE WHO’VE ATTENDED MASS GATHERINGS, BUT ARE ASYMPTOMATIC. SO IT’S CERTAINLY AN OPTION. LET’S FIRST TALK ABOUT THE RISK FROM JOINING ANY KIND OF MASS GATHERING. THERE ARE SOME PROTECTIVE FACTORS AND THEN THERE ARE SOME RISK FACTORS ON THE PROTECTIVE SIDE THE GATHERINGS HAVE BEEN OUTDOORS. THEY’VE BEEN MORE SPACE. SOMEONE MIGHT BE IN AN INDOOR SETTING AND BASED ON A LOT OF TV REPORTS AND PICTURES A LARGE NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS HAVE BEEN WEARING FACE COVERINGS, BUT THERE’S ALSO RISKS INVOLVED ALMOST BY DEFINITION OF PROTEST MIGHT INVOLVE SHOUTING OR CHANTING ACTIVITIES THAT WE KNOW RAISE THE RISK OF THE BACTERIA AND ALTHOUGH FOLKS MIGHT BE MORE SPREAD OUT THAN THEY WOULD BE SAY IN AN INDOOR SETTING. THEY’RE STILL SOMEWHAT CLOSE TOGETHER. SO THERE ARE SOME PROTECTIVE FACTORS, FACTORS, BUT THERE ARE ALSO RISK FACTORS. OF THE THINGS THAT WE SPECIFICALLY SET OUT TO DO IN OUR STANDING ORDER THE STANDING ORDER THAT COMMISSIONER LAMB BREW NOTED WAS TO COBRA OR MAKE AN ALLOWANCE FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO MAY HAVE RECENTLY PARTICIPATED IN MASS GATHERINGS LARGE GATHERINGS OF ANY SORT AND SO THE STANDING ORDER BY DESIGN COVERS THEM THAT SOMEONE HAS WE PARTICIPATED IN THE GATHERING AND THEY WOULD LIKE TO GET TESTED THE STANDING ORDER ALLOWS THEM TO DO SO IRRESPECTIVE OF WHETHER THEY GET TESTING. WE ASK THAT IF YOU’RE GOING BACK OUT FOR ANY SORT OF LARGE GATHERING, PLEASE PUT THAT FACE COVERING ON. STAY AS FAR APART FROM OTHERS AS YOU CAN KEEP A BOTTLE OF HAND SANITIZER WITH YOU DO ALL THE THINGS THAT YOU MIGHT DO. ONE OF THE THINGS WE’RE CONCERNED ABOUT. IS THAT ALTHOUGH THE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE PARTICIPATING WHO MIGHT SKEW A BIT YOUNGER MAY THEMSELVES NOT GET SO ILL THEY MIGHT IN A WEEK FROM NOW VISIT THEIR GRANDPARENTS FOR EXAMPLE, AND INTRODUCE THE POSSIBILITY OF INFECTION ACROSS OTHER PLACES. SO WE DO ASK EVERYONE TO TAKE MEASURES TO STAY SAFE AND IF THEY WOULD LIKE TO GET TESTED THE STANDING ORDER PROVIDES AN AVENUE. THANK YOU. NEXT QUESTION GOES TO ARCHDUKE DONALD OF CARRIGAN. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. DR. SHARPE YOU CAN YOU HEAR ME? ALL RIGHT. YES, GO AHEAD DOWN. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. A QUESTION ABOUT THE TESTING FIRST OF ALL, AND THEN I DO HAVE A SECOND SEPARATE QUESTION FOR DR. SHAW AND I GUESS THIS IS FOR COMMISSIONER JOHNSON. PROBABLY ARE YOU GOING TO MAKE AN EFFORT TO HAVE EASILY ACCESSIBLE TEST FACILITIES IN ALL OF THE PRIME TARGETS? FIRST COMMUNITIES SO THAT IF PEOPLE DO COME HERE NEED A TEST THEY CAN QUICKLY GET IT AND I GUESS AS A PIECE OF THAT. WHAT KIND OF TURNAROUND TIME WILL THERE BE A 24 HOURS OR IF IT’S THREE DAYS THEN THAT MAY BE A WHOLE DIFFERENT THING REQUIRING SOMEBODY TO QUARANTINE FOR THREE DAYS TO WAIT FOR TEST RESULTS. YEAH, DON. THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION. CERTAINLY OUR INTENT IS TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO TEST AT THEIR POINT OF ORIGIN SO TEST WHERE THEY LIVE THAT GIVES THEM KIND OF A LOT OF CONTROL RIGHT IF THEY HAVE A POSITIVE TEST. THEY DON’T MAKE THE TRIP IF THEY HAVE A POSITIVE TEST. THEY CAN STAY HOME WHILE THEY’RE NOT FEELING WELL HAVE ACCESS TO THEIR OWN MEDICAL FACILITIES IN THOSE TYPES OF THINGS. SO WE ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO TEST. AND THEIR POINT OF ORIGIN AND HAVE THAT TEST DONE BEFORE THEY COME COMMISSIONER LAMBREAUX AND THE TEAM HAVE MADE SOME ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR TESTING THAT WOULD ALLOW A BACKUP IN THE EVENT THAT SOMEONE DID ARRIVE WITHOUT A TEST. WE SURE DO YOU WANT TO TALK ALL ABOUT THAT? I’LL ADD 4 ITEMS. FIRST OF ALL, THERE ARE NONPROFIT SITES LIKE GET TESTED COVID-19 DOT-ORG AND THAT YOU PLUG IN YOUR ZIP CODE, BUT YOU CAN SEE WHAT YOUR LOCAL AVAILABILITY IS FOR TESTING. WE DO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE IF YOU GET TESSA AT HOME, SHOULD YOU TURN OUT TO BE POSITIVE OR COVID-19? YOU CAN SELF ISOLATED HOME. NOBODY WANTS TO BE TRAVELING WHEN THEY’RE SICK. AND SO WE REALLY DO URGE PEOPLE TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO. SECOND THERE IS A MAP ON OUR DEPARTMENTAL DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES WEBSITE TODAY THAT SHOWS WHERE THESE PROPOSED SITES WOULD BE WE DID WITH THE GOAL THAT WE’RE MET NAMED RESIDENTS ARE BECAUSE THESE SITES WILL BE THERE AFTER CURIOUSLY, BUT THEY ALSO ARE IN KEY LOCATIONS SO THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE COMING TO MAINE WHO DON’T HAVE A LOCAL PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR CAN IT CAN ACCESS ONE OF THESE SITES. THIRD WE APPRECIATE THAT THERE’S A TIME DELAY IN THE SO-CALLED PCR TEST. WE’RE WORKING HARD. THIS IS PART OF THE REASON THAT WE’RE REALLY EXCITED FOR THE PARTNERSHIP WITH IDEXX BECAUSE IT’S GOING TO BE HERE IN AUGUSTA OUR STATE LAB. WE’RE GOING TO WORK REALLY HARD. YOU CAN CREATE A RAPID PROCESS TO SHRINK AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE THE TIME BETWEEN THE SAMPLE BEING COLLECTED AND AND THE PERSON GETTING THE RESULTS. HOPEFULLY WE CAN REALLY IMPROVE THAT PERFORMANCE THIS SUMMER. LASTLY THE EXCITING PART OF THIS PERIOD OF TIME IS IT IS EVOLVING VERY RAPIDLY. WE ARE SEEING NEW TYPES OF TESTING COMING ONLINE THERE. MAYBE WHO KNOWS WHAT TYPES OF THE RAPIDS ARE ASKING OR EFFECTIVE ANTIGEN OR MAYBE ANTIBODY TEST COMING ONLINE THIS SUMMER. THE WORLD OF TESTING MAY CHANGE WHICH MAY FURTHER OPEN UP THE DOORS TO MAINE RESIDENTS AND VISITORS GETTING THAT PASSING IN A VERY QUICK PERIOD OF TIME, WHICH IS WHAT WE ALL WOULD LIKE. AND SHEPHERD QUESTIONS ALONG THOSE SAID THE TESTING LINES FOR DR. SHAW. YOU WHY ARE YOU NOT EXPANDING THE USE OF COMMERCIAL TESTING LABORATORIES DOING LOOKING THIS PLANT APPEARS TO YOU TO RELY MOSTLY ON CONTINUING TO DO IT WITHIN THE STATE LAB IT WOULD SEEM FROM COMMENTS MADE IN THE PAST. YOU COULD EXPAND VERY QUICKLY BY USING COMMERCIAL LAB. I’LL START AND THEN TURN IT OVER TO COMMISSIONER LAMBU DONE. I APPRECIATE YOUR QUESTION THE FACT THAT WE’RE MOVING TO EXPAND WHICH SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AS A SIGNAL THAT WE’RE NOT SIMULTANEOUSLY LOOKING TO WORK WITH AND HELP COMMERCIAL LABORATORIES EXPAND THE LARGE MULTI-STATE COMMERCIAL LABORATORIES. THE QUESTS. THE LABCORP IS THE MAYO’S OF THE WORLD ARE CONTINUING TO RAMP UP AND A FAIR NUMBER OF PROVIDERS AND MAINE USE THOSE AS THEIR PRIMARY LABORATORY. WE ABSOLUTELY SUPPORT THAT HOSPITALS AND MAINE THEMSELVES ARE LOOKING TO BRING IN MORE TESTING IN THE HOSPITAL SETTING THAT AS WE LOOK INTO A SUMMER WITH A LARGE NUMBER OF VISITORS AND THEN AS WE LOOK EVEN BEYOND THE SUMMER INTO THINGS LIKE SCHOOL, REOPENING COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY REOPENING. WE ALSO HAVE AN OBLIGATION AT THE STATE LEVEL TO MAKE SURE WE CAN PROVIDE THOSE SERVICES THAT OTHER LABORATORIES MAY NOT BE ABLE TO OR NOT WISH TO THAT’S WHY WE’RE TAKING THE STEPS THAT COMMISSIONER AMBER ANNOUNCED TODAY COMMISSIONER. I’LL TURN IT OVER TO YOU. WE ALSO PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED THAT WE’RE GOING TO BE PROVIDING GRANTS TO RURAL HOSPITALS. EXPAND THEIR CAPACITY THAT IS COMMERCIAL PRIVATE CAPACITY. WE’VE WON TO ENSURE THAT WE HAVE A MAP THAT INCLUDES BOTH THE COMMERCIAL AS WELL AS HE SWAP INCENSE SITES. AND I DO THINK THAT WE EXPECT THAT. OVER TIME WE’RE TRYING TO GO FROM OPERATION 1.3 MILLION FOR MULTIPLES OF 8 OVER THE SUMMER. SO IT IS NOT EITHER OR IS DEFINITELY ALL OF THE ABOVE. IF THERE’S PLENTY OF ROOM AT THE TESTING TABLE, I THINK IS THE BOTTOM LINE THERE. I’M GOING TO TURN NEXT TO TO PATTY WHITE AT MAIN PUBLIC. HI. I CAN HEAR ME PATTY. THANKS. I’M FIRST I WAS WONDERING WHOEVER WANTS TO TAKE IT IF YOU COULD JUST EXPLAIN A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT WHY THE STATE IS ABLE TO RELAX THE VISITORS RESTRICTIONS. NOW. I KNOW THIS IS SOMETHING THAT YOU’VE BEEN WORKING ON FOR A LONG TIME, BUT ALSO FOR A LONG TIME YOU’VE BEEN SAYING THAT THE 14 DAY QUARANTINE IS THE BEST TOOL WE HAVE AND THIS FIGHT AGAINST THE CORONAVIRUS. SO WHAT’S CHANGED TO LOOSEN RESTRICTIONS AT THIS POINT? LET ME START BY SAYING ENHANCED TESTING CAPACITY IN OTHER STATES AS WELL AS IN MAINE HAVE LED US TO BELIEVE THAT. PEOPLE COMING FROM OTHER STATES ESPECIALLY, MASSACHUSETTS, RHODE ISLAND, CONNECTICUT, NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY HAVE ACCESS TO TESTING NOW. SO WHY NOT ASK THEM TO GET TESTED BEFORE THEY COME HERE? IT MAKES SENSE IF THEY’RE NEGATIVE IS A NEGATIVE TEST THEN TAKEN SOME PRECAUTIONS. WE JUST WANT TO MINIMIZE THE RISK OF THEM BRINGING THE VIRUS TO MAINE AND THEN MINIMIZE THE RISK OF SPREAD OF THE VIRUS IN MAINE. SPORTING THE QUARANTINE WAS IN MAINE IT WOULD BE AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE TEST AND THEN IN TERMS OF THE EXPANDED TESTING CAPACITY, HOW LONG IS THAT EXPECTED TO LAST AS IS THAT SOMETHING THAT WILL GET US THROUGH THE SUMMER OR AND IF SO, THEN I GUESS OUR USER CONFIDENT THAT WE’LL BE ABLE TO KEEP IT GOING THROUGH THE FALL OR HOW LONG IS IT GOING TO GET US? HOW FAR IS IT GOING TO GET THIS DO YOU THINK? NOT TO SHOWER YOU COMMISSIONER LAMBREAUX. YEAH, SO WE ARE RAMPING UP AS WE SPEAK AS YOU KNOW, WE BROUGHT ONLINE SIGNIFICANT NEW CAPACITY JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO AND WE’RE FLEXING THAT CAPACITY NOW WE EXPECT MONTH OF JUNE TO BEGIN TO FURTHER WORK TO KIND OF IMPROVE OUR EFFICIENCIES TO REALLY ENSURE THAT OUR STATE LAB AS WELL AS OUR PRIVATE LABS ARE DOING MORE. WE THINK WE HAVE MORE ROOM IN THE SYSTEM. WE WANT TO EXPLORE THAT IN JUNE INCLUDING KIND OF MOVING OUT WITH SOME OF THE TESTING IDEAS WITH DR. SHAW’S PREVIOUSLY PREVIOUSLY TALKED ABOUT WE EXPECT THIS. WITH RX TO BE OUR MIND SOMETIME IN JULY. RESPONSIBLE IN JULY WHICH WILL SIGNIFICANTLY EXPAND CAPACITY BUT GOING TO A DR. SHAW JUST SAID YOU’RE WILL BE MORE USES I MEAN BACK-TO-SCHOOL WILL GO FOR K THROUGH 12 AS WELL AS COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AS WE BEGIN TO REOPEN DIFFERENT PARTS OF OUR ECONOMY READER. UNLESS THERE REALLY IS A WONDERFUL BREAKTHROUGH THROUGH LIKE A VACCINE OR AN AFFECTED. COVID-19 TO BE VALUABLE AND USEFUL FOR THE SUMMER INTO THE FALL PERHAPS INTUITIVE. HEY, THANKS PATTY. WE’RE GOING TO TURN NEXT STEVE PORTER AT SEA COAST. BUSTINS FEEDER THE ONE IS ABOUT SYMPTOM CHECKING WHAT HAPPENS IF HAS TESTED NEGATIVE WITHIN THE PAST 72 HOURS HAS CHECKED INTO A LOT. SO WHAT DO YOU MEAN FOR A SHORT-TERM STAY? AND THEN BECOMES SYMPTOMATIC. WILL THEY BE KICKED OUT OF THE STATE? AND THEN THE SECOND QUESTION FOR GOVERNOR? THERE WERE QUITE A FEW RESTAURANT OWNERS. OTHER SMALL BUSINESSES HERE IN YORK COUNTY WHOO WITH THE BACKING OF SEVERAL GOP LAWMAKERS SPOKE OUT LATE LAST MONTH. AGAINST YOUR DECISION TO PUSH BACK THE REAL KING DINING SERVICES, AND I KNOW THAT COMMISSIONER LAMBREAUX MENTIONED THAT WOULD BE WILL COME IN TWO MAIN, YOU KNOW, THEY WANT THEY WANT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE DINING WHILE THEY’RE HERE. SO, WHERE DO YOU STAND ON LIFTING THOSE RESTRICTIONS? WELL TAKING THE SECOND QUESTION FIRST. WE STAY IN THE SAME PLACE. WE STOOD TWO WEEKS AGO ON THAT. IS THAT YORK? CUMBERLAND ANDROSCOGGIN ARE STILL VERY HIGH RISK FOR THEY STILL HAVE COMMUNITY SPREAD. ON UNTIL THAT SUBSIDES. I DON’T THINK IT’S SAFE FOR THE STAFF FOR THE PUBLIC FOR THE VISITORS. TO BE ENGAGING IN ENDO INDOOR DINING IN THOSE FACILITIES IN THOSE COUNTIES NOT YET. NOT YET. AND I’VE GOTTEN TONS OF FOR EVERY EVERY EVERY RESTAURANT OWNER WHO SAID OPEN IT UP. LET US OPEN UP, BUT WE KNOW WHAT TO DO. TRUST US. I’VE GOT AN EQUAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE RESTAURANT OWNERS AND MEMBERS OF THE DINING PUBLIC WHO SAID PLEASE DON’T OPEN THOSE UP YET. OPEN THEM UP YET. WE HAVE SUCH A HIGH NUMBER OF HIGH PROPORTION OF VULNERABLE PEOPLE IN OUR STATE WITH 22% OF OUR PEOPLE OVER THE AGE OF 65 A HIGH PERCENTAGE OF OUR PEOPLE WITH DIABETES OR ASTHMA OR OBESITY OR HYPERTENSION ALL OF THESE RISK FACTORS. I DON’T WANT TO PUT THEM AT RISK ESPECIALLY IN THOSE AREAS WHERE THERE IS COMMUNITY SPREAD. AND YOUR EARLIER QUESTION? AGAIN, PLEASE IT WAS ABOUT THE SYMPTOM CHECKING WHAT HAPPENED SOME CHECKING. SYMPTOMATIC AFTER THEY’VE COMPLIED WITH THE LAYERED APPROACH. WELL, OBVIOUSLY WE WOULD REFER THEM FOR MEDICAL ATTENTION AND ASK THEM TO STAY QUARANTINE. FOR THE FOR THE DURATION OF 14 DAYS AS YOU WOULD IF YOU CAME DOWN WITH SYMPTOMS. YOU WOULD WANT TO GET TESTED AND YOU WOULD WANT TO STAY QUARANTINED. AND HAVE YOUR FAMILY SOMEWHAT ISOLATED AS WELL IF YOU’RE WITH OTHER PEOPLE, YOU DON’T WANT TO SPREAD IT AMONG OTHER PEOPLE WHOM YOUR FAMILY WOULD HAVE CONTACT WITH. I’M DR. SCHOLL. YOU HAVE ANYTHING ANYTHING TO ADD TO THAT? OH, THAT’S RIGHT GOVERNOR. WE WOULD WE WOULD ASK HIM TO STAY ISOLATED TO STAY AWAY FROM OTHERS AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY STAY TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES AND FIND A WAY FOR THEM TO GET TESTED FOR COVID-19. WE’RE GOING TO TURN NEXT TO CAITLIN ANDREWS AT THE BDN. HI, GOOD AFTERNOON. I HAVE TWO QUESTIONS ABOUT THE EXPANDED TESTING. MY FIRST QUESTION IS HOW DO YOU EXPECT TO STAFF THESE SWAB AND SEND SITES WHEN A LOT OF TESTING SITES ARE STAFFED BY. YOU KNOW WHOEVER IS RUNNING THEIR PRIVATE EMPLOYEES AND WILL THE STATE BE REQUIRING SO MUCH PROVE THAT THEY ARE IN AT THIS ELEVATED RISK CATEGORY IN ORDER TO GET A TEST WITHOUT A DOCTOR’S LIKE WELL, THEY NEED LIKE A LICENSE OR PROOF OF THE JOB. THEY HAVE CAN YOU TALK MORE ABOUT THAT? TRAVIS STANDING ORDER I THINK THE FIRST ONE ANOTHER SO MAYBE THE SECOND ONE. IT’S GOING BACK TO HALLOWEEN A PIECE. WOW. SANDS WE WANT TO SUPPORT JOBS IN MAINE AND MAINE BUSINESSES. SO WE ANTICIPATE A REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS THAT ANY ORGANIZATION THAT CAN COME IN AND DO THIS. WITHIN OUR QUALIFICATIONS MEANING DRIVE THROUGH SO KEEPING PEOPLE OUT OF INSIDE STORES OR PHARMACIES, SO WE’RE NOT POTENTIALLY CREATING SOME SORT OF RISK OF SPREAD WILL HAVE KIND OF RULES FOR HOW YOU DO IT TO MAKE SURE IT’S MOVING FAST THE SON IS COMPLETE, BUT WE HAD MANY ORGANIZATIONS IN MAINE APPROACHED US AND SAY HEY WE HAVE THIS SPACE WE HAVE THIS BACK. WE WANT TO BE PART OF THIS SO WE ARE GOING TO ACCEPT ANY WILLING AND QUALIFIED ORGANIZATION THAT CAN DO THIS TO COME IN AND DO YOU KNOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS ACTIVITY FOR THE PRICE? WE’RE WILLING TO PAY THAT WILL BE OUT IN THE STREET FORBIDDEN SEE THIS WEEK. MAINE CAITLIN ANSWER YOUR SECOND QUESTION ABOUT THE CATEGORIES OF FOLKS IN THE STANDING ORDER. THE STANDING ORDER IS ONLINE AND AND YOU CAN TAKE A LOOK AT IT. WE’VE WHAT? DECIDED TO DO IS CAST A VERY BROAD NET ONE OF THE CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS THAT CAN GET TESTED ARE THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN EXPOSED OR WHO MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED IRRESPECTIVE OF WHETHER THEY HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS WHATSOEVER ON TOP OF THAT. WE’VE ALSO NOTED CERTAIN HIGH-RISK CATEGORIES FOR EXAMPLE INDIVIDUALS WHO WORK IN CONGREGATE CARE SETTINGS INDIVIDUALS WHO MIGHT WORK AT A FACE-TO-FACE TYPE SETTING. SO IF YOU WORK AT A RETAIL ESTABLISHMENT WHERE BY VIRTUE OF YOUR JOB YOU ARE COMING IN TO FACE FACE CONTACT WITH MEMBER MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC THAT’S AN ELIGIBLE REQUIREMENT AS WELL. WE CAST THE WIDEST NET POSSIBLE AND THINKING OF THOSE WHO MIGHT HAVE EVEN A MODICUM OF RISK FOR COVID-19 AS WE WERE CRAFTING THAT ORDER. I’M GOING TO TURN NEXT OVER TO BRIAN SULLIVAN OVER AT WABI. I HAD A QUESTION FOR WHOEVER WANTS TO TAKE IT JUST ABOUT THE EXEMPTIONS AND DECISION AS TO I THOSE STATES. I KNOW YOU SAID THAT THEIR LEVELS ARE SIMILAR TO MAINE AND I GUESS JUST IS THERE A RELIANCE HERE ON PEOPLE TO BE? HONEST AND THE HONOR SYSTEM IT COULD YOU JUST SAY THAT I’M FROM VERMONT OR I’M FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE AND EXPECT ALSO THAT ALL OF THESE LODGING LOCATIONS ARE GOING TO BE ALSO COMPLIANT WITH EVERYTHING’S GOING ON. I GUESS JUST THERE SEEMS TO BE A LOT OF ONUS ON A LOT OF PEOPLE TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS IS CARRIED OUT. WELL, ACTUALLY, I MEAN WE TALKED ABOUT LODGING FACILITIES IF I MAY RESPOND BRIEFLY. LODGING FACILITIES FIRST THING THEY DO OVER THE PHONE AND THEN IN PERSON IS TAKE YOUR IDENTIFICATION YOUR CREDIT CARD AND CONDUCT THOSE TRANSACTIONS, WHICH ALWAYS INVOLVE YOUR HOME ADDRESS. SO I DON’T THINK IT’S TOO TERRIBLY DIFFICULT TO JUST CONFIRM THAT SOMEBODY HAS A HOME ADDRESS IN VERMONT OR NEW HAMPSHIRE AND I TALKED WITH GOVERNOR SCOTT AND GOVERNOR SUNUNU LAST WEEK, AND I’M AWARE THAT GOVERNOR SCOTT HAS DONE SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT. THEY’RE BASING THEIR EXEMPTIONS ALL COUNTIES FROM DIFFERENT STATES. WE TALKED ABOUT THAT TO DOING IT BY COUNTY, BUT IT SEEMED TO BE TOO COMPLICATED FOR US WHEN WE THOUGHT LOOKING AT THE STATISTICS FROM THE HAMPSHIRE AND VERMONT AT THIS POINT. IT WAS A BETTER PROCESS TO TAKE THOSE WHOLE STATES AND EXEMPT THEM FROM THIS REQUIREMENT, BUT ALL THE OTHER STATES WOULD BE WITHIN THE REQUIREMENTS. IF I COULD JUMP IN THERE TO YOU KNOW, I THINK WHAT WE’RE SEEING RIGHT IS THIS RESPONSIBILITY AT ALL LEVELS RIGHT TO WORK TOGETHER TO CREATE THESE SAFE LAYERS AND INCREASE ACCESS. OR FOR FOR EVERYONE. SO RIGHT THE BITTER OWNS A PIECE OF THE PREVENTION WORK THE BUSINESS OWNS A PIECE OF THE PREVENTION WORK AND THE STATE OBVIOUSLY OWNS A PIECE OF THE PREVENTION WORK AND SO AS THOSE PIECES WORK TOGETHER IT CREATES THIS MULTIPLE LAYER NET THAT ALLOWS US TO OPEN UP OUR ECONOMY IN A MUCH MORE BROAD WAY AND KEEP PEOPLE SAFE AT THE SAME TIME. SO THANK RIGHT TO SAY THERE ARE A LOT OF PIECES TO IT. THAT IS TRUE. THAT IS PART OF WHAT CREATES THIS LAYERING THAT ALLOWS THE BROADER OPENING. AND I JUST ONE QUICK QUESTION FOR DR. SHAW. I JUST A LITTLE BIT ABOUT OR WHOEVER WANTS TO ANSWER ABOUT HOW THESE TESTING SITES THE NEW LOCATIONS THAT ARE GOING TO POP UP ON THE FIRST HOW YOU WENT ABOUT SELECTING THEM AND I KNOW TRYING TO BE 30 MINUTE DRIVE FOR EVERYBODY, BUT JUST THE WHAT WOULD END OF THE PROCESS OF PICKING THEM AND WHERE THEY MIGHT ACTUALLY BE IN SOME OF THESE PLACES. WILL THEY BE INSIDE A CVS FOR INSTANCE LIKE THAT? SO WE HAD A TEAM OF PEOPLE WHO ARE BOTH PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCHERS AS WELL AS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION EXPERTS WHO IN MAPPING WHO DID TAKE A GOOD HARD. LOOK AT WHERE PEOPLE LIVE HOW THEY DRIVE THE MAJOR ROUTES FOR TRAFFIC AND TOURISM AND WE’RE LUCKY THEY DIDN’T REACH EASILY PICK SITES AS PROPOSED SITES. AGAIN, THEY’RE ALSO TAKES INTO ACCOUNT WHERE THERE ARE EXISTING SITE. SO IF YOU LOOK AT THAT MAP, IT SHOWS WHERE WE THINK CURRENT SITES ARE THAT ARE ROUGHLY AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE AS WELL AS WE REPLACE THESE SITES. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU KNOW, WHAT TYPE OF ACTORS CAN COME TO THE TABLE AGAIN. WE’VE HAD MANY DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS IN MAINE APPROACHED US THERE’S AN INTEREST IN TRYING TO SUPPORT THE STATE IN STANDING UP GREATER ACCESS TO COVID-19 TESTING AND WE LOOK THOSE APPLICANTS. GREAT. THANKS, BRIAN. WE’RE GOING TO TURN TO NICK. NO RICKER FROM ABC 7 NEXT. MONOI I WILL CHECK BACK IN WITH HER IN A MOMENT WHILE WE GO TO DAN NEWMAN FROM THE MAIN BEACON. HI. YEAH, I WANTED TO GO TO GOVERNOR MILLS FOR A SECOND ON ELECTIONS IF THAT’S POSSIBLE LAST WEEK. THERE WERE ELECTIONS IN A NUMBER OF STATES THAT SAW MANY ISSUES WITH ACCESS INCLUDING INCREDIBLY LONG LINES IN PLACES WHERE MANY POLLING PLACES WERE CLOSED AND THERE WAS A SURGE IN A LAND WHERE THERE WAS A SURGEON MAIL-IN BALLOTS. IN PORTLAND FOR INSTANCE. THERE IS A DISCUSSION ABOUT DRAMATICALLY REDUCING THE NUMBER OF POLLING PLACES FROM LIKE 11 TO AS FEW AS THREE. AND WE’RE ALSO SEEING A HUGE NUMBER OF SPIKE HUGE SPIKE IN THE NUMBER OF ABSENTEE BALLOTS REQUESTED. WHAT IS YOUR ADMINISTRATION DOING DOING TO ENSURE THAT ALL MANNERS? OF ACCESS TO THE BALLOT IN JULY AND NOVEMBER. WELL, THANK YOU. WELL, JULY, WE HAVEN’T TACKLED NOVEMBER YET, BUT IN JULY THE VERY LEAST. THROUGH EXECUTIVE ORDER DURING THE EMERGENCY DURING THE STATE OF CIVIL EMERGENCY PERIOD WE HAVE EXPANDED THE USE OF ABSENTEE BALLOTING BY ALLOWING ABSENTEE BALLOTS FOR NO EXCUSE. NO EXCUSE ABSENTEE BALLOTS RIGHT UP TO THE DAY RIGHT UP TO ELECTION DAY, INCLUDING UP TO 8 P.M. ELECTION DAY. SECONDLY REGISTRATION BY THIRD-PARTY BY MAIL UP TO SEVEN DAYS BEFORE THE ELECTIONS WILL ALLOW FOR SOME VERIFICATION PERIOD AS OPPOSED TO 21 DAYS BEFORE THE ELECTION DAY, WHICH WAS IN WHICH IS IN STATUTE WOULD BE SUSPENDED THAT WE’VE MADE THESE ACCOMMODATIONS TO ALLOW FOR ENCOURAGE MORE ABSENTEE BALLOT. VOTING IN JOHN JULY 14TH UM THE HISTORY OF HER PRIMARY LIKE THIS IS IS USUALLY KIND OF LOW TURNOUT BUT WE’RE HOPING PEOPLE WILL TURN OUT AND VOTE ABSENTEE. THERE’S A US SENATE PRIMARY. THERE’S A US CONGRESS PRIMARY AND SOME THIRTY OTHER PRIMARIES GOING ON. WHAT’S THE BOND ISSUES? PLUS LOCAL SCHOOL BUDGETS AND OTHER LOCAL ISSUES SO WE WANT PEOPLE TO COME OUT AND VOTE BUT PRESERVING THE RIGHT TO VOTE IN PERSON, BUT MINIMIZING IT BY. ENCOURAGING AND I’VE SPOKEN WITH SECRETARY STATE DUNLAP SEVERAL TIMES ABOUT THIS. HE’S ONBOARD ENCOURAGING ABSENTEE ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUEST AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE EARLY AND AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE AND ONE OF THE PROBLEMS IS LOGISTICALLY STATISTICALLY AS YOU KNOW, MANY OF THE BALLOT CLERKS WHO HAVE VOLUNTEERED THESE POSITIONS FOR YEARS AND YEARS. HAVE SOME VULNERABILITY SOME MEDICAL VULNERABILITY WITH YOU’D EITHER AGE OR HYPERTENSION OR WHAT NOT AND THEY’RE NOT AS EXCITED ABOUT VOLUNTEERING THIS YEAR THIS JULY AS IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN BEFORE SO WE WANT TO MINIMIZE THEIR EXPOSURE TO I KNOW SEPARATE DISTINCT DUNLAP HAS SOME PROPOSED USES FOR SOME OF THE FEDERAL MONEY. GOT TO HELP PROTECT. AT THE MUNICIPAL WORKS OFFICES AT THE VOTING AT THE POLLING PLACES THE CZECH REPUBLIC IS FACING AND WHAT NOT. SO IF YOU SHOW UP TO VOTE IN PERSON, YOU MAY HAVE TO WAIT A LONGER PERIOD OF TIME YOU’RE GOING TO BE SPACED OUT AND WHAT NOT AND WILL BE FEWER POLLING PLACES. THAT’S TO ENCOURAGE ABSENTEE VOTING. SO WE’LL HAVE SOME SURE THE BE MORE MARKETING TOOLS OUT THERE IN THE COMING WEEKS. I THINK STAN I’M GOING TO TURN BACK TO ANNOY IF SHE’S BACK ON. I WILL CHECK BACK IN WELL WE GO TO MARY CATE FROM WMTW. HELLO SISTER IF I MAY ASK GOVERNOR IN REGARDS TO VIOLENT WOULD BE BY THE EXECUTIVE AND ENFORCEABLE BY KIND KIND OF EXCITING. I THINK YOU ASKED ABOUT WHETHER THE TEST WILL BE A REQUIREMENT OF THE EXECUTIVE ORDER WOULD BE DOING THE EXECUTIVE ORDER NOW AND A VIOLATION OF THE EXECUTIVE ORDER IS A POTENTIALLY A CRIME CRIMINAL PENALTY CARRYING A PENALTY OF UP TO SIX MONTHS IN JAIL, I BELIEVE. IS THAT WHAT YOU ASKED WHETHER OR NOT A VIOLATION OF THE HEY IS YES HAVING HER STORY? IT WAS GREAT, BUT WHO WOULD BE ENFORCING THAT? WELL THE SAME KINDS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE ENFORCING THE ORDERS NOW ONLY WERE LAYERING. THAT WAS SOME EYES AND EARS ON THE GROUND AND TRAINING OF BUSINESS PEOPLE AND LET ME ADD THAT. THE LAST MONTH ALONE THAT THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM HAS REALLY STEPPED UP TO THE PLATE AND THEY RESPONDED WITHIN 10 DAYS. CREATING A NEW TRAINING PROGRAM FOR RESTAURANT WORKERS IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY. TRAINING THEM IN COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS AND THE VARIOUS CHECKLIST THAT THAT INDUSTRY IS SUBJECT TO AND THE SAME THING IS HAPPENING NOW WITH LODGING OF STAFF COMMUNITY COLLEGES ARE PREPARED TO TRAIN LODGING STAFF IN THESE REQUIREMENTS AND THIS WILL BE PART OF THE CHECKLIST. THE COMPLETE THE CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE OUR STAFF WILL BE I THINK THE PRETTY WELL TRAINED IN THESE EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND THESE CHECKLIST AND WE LOOK FOR COMPLIANCE ALONG THOSE LINES AND I THINK YOU KNOW PEOPLE HAVE EYES AND EARS THEY WANT TO REMAIN SAFE WHEN THEY SEE VIOLATIONS THEY GOING TO BE IMPORTANT TO SOMEBODY LOCALLY THE LOCAL CODE ENFORCEMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER OR LAW ENFORCEMENT OR TO OUR HEALTH INSPECTION PROGRAM. IT’LL BE IT’LL COME TO OUR ATTENTION ONE WAY OR THE OTHER AND WE’LL SEND COMPLIANCE LETTERS AND CALL AND FIND OUT. IT’S REALLY GOING ON. WE’VE HAD A LOT OF COMPLIANCE INFORMAL COMPLIANCE ACCENTUATED THAT WAY. THANK YOU, AND WE’RE GOING TO TURN TO ERIC RUSSELL AT THE PRESS HERALD. GOOD AFTERNOON. THANKS FOR TAKING MY QUESTIONS. I HAVE TO IF I MAY ONE HAS TO DO WITH MASKS. SO A LOT OF THESE MEASURES AND GUIDELINES ARE SORT OF HONOR SYSTEM, BUT THE MASKS ONE IS NOT AS OF LAST FRIDAY BUSINESSES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO TURN PEOPLE AWAY, BUT IT DOESN’T APPEAR THAT THAT’S HAPPENING. MY CIRCLE ISN’T VERY BIG BUT ALMOST EVERYBODY I’VE TALKED TO HAVE BEEN ON PUBLIC TO A GROCERY STORE TARGET WALMART THOSE SORTS OF PLACES. THERE’S A LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE NOT WEARING MASKS AND IT DOESN’T APPEAR THAT STORES ARE TURNING THEM AWAY. WHAT MORE CAN BUSINESSES DO TO ENFORCE THIS IF NOT APPLY THIS GUIDELINE THAT WAS ON THE BOOKS AS A FRIDAY. WELL, I DON’T HAVE THE INFORMATION YOU CARE LEA HAVE AND I DON’T THINK THERE’S BEEN ANY. UM DATA ALONG THOSE LINES YET, AND IT MAY WELL BE JUST GETTING THE INFORMATION OUT AS YOU SAID THAT AT THAT ORDER THAT PART OF THAT ORDERED JUST TOOK EFFECT ON FRIDAY, AND I’M HAPPY TO MAKE SOME PHONE CALLS MYSELF, AND I’M SURE COMMISSIONER. AND WE’LL TO WE HEAR REPORTS OF THAT ORDER NOT BEING ENFORCED OF THE SIGNAGE NOT BEING IN PLACE. WE’VE ENCOURAGED THAT IT’S ALONG THE SAME LINES AS GOVERNOR CUOMO DID IN NEW YORK, BUT WE GET TO AGO AS WELL BECAUSE BUSINESS DIDN’T THINK THEY HAD THE LAWFUL ABILITY TO TURN PEOPLE AWAY NOW THEY HAVE THAT ABILITY IN SOME CASES. I WOULD SAY A RESPONSIBILITY. AND THE SECOND QUESTION I HAD IS ABOUT THE NEGATIVE TEST FOR OUT-OF-STATE VISITORS A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO. I DID A STORY ON CONTACT TRACING AND I TALKED TO A CDC OFFICIAL ABOUT THAT AND SHE SAID ONE OF THE THINGS THAT CAME UP AND THEY AMONG CONTACT TRACING WAS SO LET’S SAY I TESTED POSITIVE AND THEN I GAVE ALL MY CONTACTS TO THE CDC CONTACT RACER. THEY’RE GOING TO CALL THOSE PEOPLE AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO QUARANTINE FOR TWO WEEKS, RIGHT? AND SO THE BIGGEST QUESTION THAT CAME UP AMONG THOSE CONTACTS WAS WELL IF I TEST NEGATIVE, CAN I JUST YOU KNOW AND MY QUARANTINE AND THE ANSWER WAS EMPHATICALLY NO, BUT NOW YOU’RE SAYING THAT OUT-OF-STATE PEOPLE CAN DO THAT, BUT NOT PEOPLE WHO WOULD JUST WANT TO GO BACK TO WORK. IT SEEMS LIKE A BIT A MIXED MESSAGE. SURE, ERIC, YOU KNOW IF SOMEONE HAS BEEN NOTIFIED THAT THEY’VE BEEN A CLOSE CONTACT THEY ARE PER THEIR OWN STATE OR WHETHER IT’S THE STATE OF MAINE OR THEIR HOME STATE. THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO STAY IN THAT’S BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN A VERIFIED CLOSE CONTACT. THOSE ARE FOLKS. WHO ARE WE HAVE A HEIGHTENED SUSPICION OR HEIGHTENED RISK FOR DEVELOPING A DISEASE BECAUSE AGAIN, THEY HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AS A KNOWN CLOSE CONTACT THERE FOR THOSE FOLKS EVEN IF THEY NEGATIVE WE TAKE A BELT AND SUSPENDERS APPROACH BECAUSE WE DON’T WANT TO RISK THEM DEVELOPING THE DISEASE BECAUSE AGAIN, THEY ALREADY KNOWN CLOSE CONTACT, BUT FOR SOMEONE WHO IS IN THE GENERAL POPULATION WHO HAS NOT BEEN IN CLOSE CONTACT OR KNOWN TO BE WITH AN INDIVIDUAL THE NEGATIVE TEST RIGHT BEFORE THEIR ARRIVAL IN DEMAND PROVIDES A VERY HIGH DEGREE OF SECURITY THAT THEY DON’T IN FACT HAVE COVID. SO THE DISTINGUISHING FACTOR THERE IS THE FACT THAT THOSE INDIVIDUALS HAVE BEEN HEADING KNOWN SUSTAINED EXPOSURE. SOMEBODY WITH COVID-19. THAT’S HOW THEY GOT ON THE CONTACT TRACING LIST. THANK YOU. YOU BET. I’M GOING TO TURN TO DUSTIN NEWMAN CABLE NEWS NEXT. HI EVERYONE. MY FIRST QUESTION IS FOR DR. SHAW. HOW BIG PICTURE ARE WE NOW COMPARED TO OTHER STATES OTHER COUNTRIES IN TERMS OF A PLAN LIKE THIS WHO ELSE HAS SOMETHING LIKE WE’VE GOT NOW I WOULD APPRECIATE THAT QUESTION DUSTIN AND I WILL TELL YOU THAT I THINK WITH THE ADDITION OF THE EXPANDED TESTING CAPACITY THAT COMMISSIONER MAMBRÚ NOTED THE HAVING A STANDING ORDER IN PLACE NOW PUTS US IN THE VANGUARD OF ALL OTHER STATES FROM A PUBLIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVE TO TAKE A STEP BACK MAIN THE NUMBER OF NEW CASES THAT WE HAVE ON A DAILY BASIS EVEN ADJUSTED FOR OUR POPULATION IS IN MANY. WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN AROUND IN ERROR AND THAT IS BECAUSE OF ALL THE EARLY QUICK AND AGGRESSIVE ACTIONS THAT THE STATE TOOK NOW, WE’RE NOW GOING A FURTHER SET OF LENGTHS TO TRY TO EXPAND THAT TESTING EVEN FURTHER AS I NOTED OUR DAILY POSITIVITY RATE JUST YESTERDAY. JUST FOR ONE DAY WAS 1.6% IN OUR CUMULATIVE POSITIVITY RATE IS IN THE HIGH 4% THAT PUTS US AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LEAGUE TABLES FOR A MEASURE WHERE THE LOWER YOU ARE THE BETTER OFF YOU’RE DOING ALL OF THAT SETS THE GROUNDWORK FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENTS THAT COMMISSIONER JOHNSON AND GOVERNOR MILLS MADE TODAY. SO WE ARE WE CONTINUE TO BE IN THE VANGUARD BOTH WITH OUR EARLY ACTION AS WELL AS WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT GOING FUTURE FUTURE GOING INTO THE FUTURE. AND MY SECOND QUESTION I THINK IS IS FOR EITHER COMMISSIONER JOHNSON OR THE GOVERNOR. DO YOU THINK THAT SOME OF THIS WAS THE PLAN ALL ALONG TO GET TO THIS POINT AND IF THEIR HAD MAYBE EVERY OTHER DAY BEN UPDATES ABOUT THIS SPECIFIC PLAN COMING OUT THAT SOME OF THE FRUSTRATIONS ABOUT TRANSPARENCY THAT I PERSONALLY HEARD FROM BUSINESS OWNERS AND OTHER FOLKS, BUT WOULD HAVE BEEN MITIGATED. TRANSPARENCY THAT’S INTERESTING WHEN WE’VE BEEN WORKING BEEN WORKING ON THIS, YOU KNOW. EVERY DAY AND LOOKING AND TALKING TO OTHER STATES AS WELL. IT’S BEEN THIS ISN’T SOMETHING THAT WE PUT TOGETHER TWO WEEKS AGO AND DECIDED TO POP UP TODAY AND IS EVERYBODY WITH IT’S JUST NOT THAT KIND OF THING IS SOMETHING THAT’S A GREAT DEAL OF EFFORT IN DETAIL AND A LOT OF DISCUSSION AND COMMISSIONER JOHNSON CAN TELL YOU HOW MANY PEOPLE SHE SPOKEN WITH BUSINESS WHOSE EMPLOYEES AND WHATNOT ABOUT AND GETTING THEIR IDEAS ABOUT WHAT WE COULD DO AND A LOT OF IT AS YOU AS NOTED EARLIER DEPENDED ON DEPENDS ON OUR TESTING CAPACITY. WHICH HAS BEEN A WORK IN PROGRESS? THE SOMETHING WE HAD IN PLACE 3 WEEKS AGO OR A MONTH AGO. SO AND THE TESTING CAPACITY OF OTHER STATES HAS GROWN AS WELL. I’VE BEEN IN PUBLIC TESTING CAPACITY. THAT HAS LED US TO A GREATER DEGREE OF CONFIDENCE AND THE VISITORS ABILITY TO GET A NEGATIVE TEST TO GET A TEST BEFORE COMING HERE. SO LISTEN IF I COULD IF YOU DON’T MIND, I’D LIKE TO JUMP IN ON THAT ONE AS WELL, YOU KNOW IS WE LOOKED AROUND AT THE POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS RIGHT AS YOU GO FROM ONE POINT THREE MILLION PEOPLE ON A GENERAL BASIS, RIGHT? WE HAVE A REALLY GREAT TOURISM ECONOMY. THAT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT TO TO OUR ECONOMY AND AND ALSO CREATES SIGNIFICANT CHANGES AND FLUCTUATIONS IN POPULATION OVER THE COURSE OF A REALLY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME, SO WE HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF A UNIQUE SITUATION AND WE WERE LOOKING FOR BEST PRACTICE SOLUTIONS AND AS WE LOOKED AT SOME OF THE CHOICES THAT ARE OUT THERE RIGHT QUARANTINE IS ONE OF THE CHOICES CAPACITY RESTRAINTS ON LODGING IS ONE OF THE CHOICES THAT WE’RE SEEING IN OTHER STATES, SO WHAT WE TRY TO DO WAS TAKE THINGS THAT WOULD ALLOW FOR BROAD OF AN ECONOMIC. THING AS POSSIBLE RIGHT TO THE GOVERNOR’S POINT WITH THIS EXPANDED TESTING AND CONTINUING TO EXPAND TESTING AND SHORTER DELIVERY TIMES ON TESTING. IT’S FAIRLY EASY AS PEOPLE WANT TO GET TESTED NOW THEY CAN DO THAT THAT ALLOWS US TO HAVE A LAYER OF SAFETY, BUT STILL HAVE KIND OF THE VOLUMES THAT THAT WE WOULD NEED IN ORDER TO REACH SOME OF OUR PEAK TOURS AND NEEDS OBVIOUSLY, WE WON’T HIT OUR TRADITIONAL PEAK TOURISM, BUT WE CERTAINLY HAVE PUT TOGETHER THIS KIND OF MULTI-LAYERED APPROACH. AND AGAIN, IT IS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT THAN WHAT OTHER STATES ARE DOING. WE THINK IT IS KIND OF BEST PRACTICE FOR THE TYPE OF SITUATION THAT WE HAVE HERE TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE AND TO ALLOW FOR HIS BROAD ECONOMIC OPENING AS POSSIBLE AND WE THINK TOURISTS OR MAKING DECISIONS BASED ON SAFE DESTINATIONS THAT HIGH-QUALITY DESTINATIONS. AND WITH THIS WE WILL HAVE BOTH SO WE LOOK FORWARD TO WALKING WHELPING WELCOMING THEM HERE. I THINK POINT SORRY TO JUMP IN, YOU KNOW, IF YOU’RE WORKING ON IT EVERY DAY, BUT WE’RE HEARING THINGS ONCE A WEEK. NO. FROM YOU DIRECTLY, YOU KNOW, I I JUST WONDERING, YOU KNOW, COULD WE HAVE BEEN MORE MEAT WE MEANING THE PUBLIC COLLECTIVELY. MORE ON THE PAGE YOU WERE ON OR WAS THERE MAYBE NEGOTIATIONS WITH IDEXX THAT COULDN’T BE OUT THERE IN PUBLIC AT A CERTAIN TIME TIME OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. YEAH, YOU KNOW CERTAINLY THERE WERE ONGOING ELEMENTS OF THIS RIGHT THAT OUR NEGOTIATIONS AND BEING WORKED. I THINK THERE ARE PORTIONS THAT ARE OUT VERY IN THE VERY BROAD PUBLIC AS WELL. AND SO AS WE WORKED OUR WAY THROUGH THIS WE WORKED WITH THE LARGE ASSOCIATIONS IN THE HOSPITALITY SECTOR, WE WORKED WITH LODGING OWNERSHIP CAMPGROUND LEADERS, YOU KNOW A REALLY WIDE GROUP OF PEOPLE AND AND HAVE WORKED OUR WAY HERE. THANK YOU, DUSTIN. WE’RE GOING TO TRY AND SEE IF KNIT NOISE BACK ON THE LINE. MAYBE I SHOULD I MEAN TRANSPARENCY. PUT OUT THERE A WEEK AGO A DRAFT PLAN. SIMILAR TO THIS AND GOT A LOT OF COMMENTS BACK AND CONTINUE DISCUSSIONS WITH ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND AND OF THE INDUSTRY. TERMS OF TRANSPARENCY. I THINK WE WERE PRETTY TRANSPARENT AND WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT WHAT WE WERE TEASING OUT AND WHAT WE’RE CONSIDERING AND AND TAKING OTHER PEOPLE’S RESPONSES. SORRY. THANK YOU GOVERNOR, AND THE LAST QUESTION FOR TODAY GOES TO BRAD ROGERS FROM WGME. I ACTUALLY HAVE TWO QUESTIONS FOR YOU THE PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THEN TODAY THE STAND UP FOR MAIN COALITION. THEY BOTH HAVE BEEN CRITICAL OF YOUR EXECUTIVE ORDER SAYING THAT THEY’RE ON WARRANTED GIVEN THE LOW NUMBERS AND MAINE. JUST TO KNOW HOW YOU RESPOND. I HAVEN’T SEEN THE COMMUNICATION THE LAST COMMUNICATION YOU TALKED ABOUT. AND I JUST DON’T I ONLY KNOW WHAT WAS DISCUSSED LAST FRIDAY, WHICH FRANKLY DOESN’T MAKE A LOT OF SENSE TO ME BECAUSE WE’VE BEEN WORKING WITH OTHER STATES AND WE’RE IN LINE AND TERMS OF OUR NUMBER. OUR NUMBERS ARE LOW RIGHT NOW. YOU’RE NOT IDEAL IN NOT PERFECT AND WE WANT TO PREVENT A RESURGENCE. THE WORLD HEALTH ASSOCIATE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION AND OTHERS AND EVEN DR. FOUCH YOU ALL PREDICT A RESURGENCE LATE SUMMER EARLY FALL WE WANT TO PROTECT AGAINST THAT. SO WE’VE BEEN TALKING TO OTHER STATES AND TALKING WITH OUR PUBLIC HEALTH PERSONNEL FIRST AND FOREMOST ABOUT KEEPING PEOPLE SAFE. WE WANT TO PROTECT LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS OF MAIN PEOPLE. KEEPING THE ECONOMY GOING STRONG AND ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO COME HERE BUT TO COME HERE SAFELY. AND NOT POSE A RISK. TO THE STAFF OF THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY AND OTHERS HALF OF GROCERY STORES THE STAFF OF THE CORNER STORE TO THE STAFF OF THE ENTERTAINMENT AREAS AND LARGE MEALS AND LODGINGS AREAS. SO WE HAVE OPENED UP ON A PAR WITH MOST OTHER STATES. WE’RE NOT BEHIND NOT BY A LONG SHOT. SO WE HAVE OPENED UP A GREAT DEAL OF EFFECT COMMISSIONER JOHNSON JUST TALKED ABOUT MEALS AND LODGING A LODGING INDUSTRY. MANY OTHER STATES HAVE IMPOSED CAPACITY LIMITS ON THE HOTELS AND MOTELS AND CAMPGROUNDS. WE DIDN’T DO THAT. WE’RE NOT SAYING YOU CAN ONLY OPEN UP TO 50% OF YOUR CAPACITY. SO WE’RE OPEN MORE OPEN. THEM OTHER STATES AND VERY MANY RESPECTS. AND I JUST I’LL JUST CHIME IN ON TOP OF THAT. I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE LOW NUMBERS THAT EVERYBODY ACROSS THE SPECTRUM HAROLD’S AS A SUCCESS ARE NOT AN ACCIDENT. THEY ARE THE DIRECT AND BENEFICIAL RESULT OF EARLY KWIKSET QUICK ACTION BY THE GOVERNMENT COUPLED WITH THE WILLINGNESS THE BUY-IN FROM MAINE PEOPLE TO STAY JUSTIN’S TO STAY INSIDE TO WEAR FACE COVERINGS. NONE OF THIS IS AN ACCIDENT. OKAY, THANKS END AND JUST QUICKLY YOU MENTIONED. YORK MASSACHUSETTS OF PEOPLE THEY WILL THEY ARE NOT EXEMPT FROM THIS LIKE NEW HAMPSHIRE AND VERMONT. WHAT ABOUT CANADIAN TO THE EXAM? WHAT’S THERE IN THEIR TRAVEL BAN RIGHT NOW? SO WE HAVEN’T DISCUSSED IT. WE HAVEN’T ADDRESSED THEM BECAUSE THEY CAN’T COME HERE LEGALLY RIGHT NOW. OKAY, I THINK BRAD WE HAVE INCLUDED RIGHT THINKING THAT WE WILL CONTINUALLY LOOK AT HEALTH OUTCOMES AND MAKE ADJUSTMENTS AS WE GO FORWARD AS IS RELEVANT. AND SO CERTAINLY THEY WOULD FALL INTO THAT BUCKET TO THE EXTENT THAT THAT THAT BAN GETS LIFTED WE WOULD INCLUDE THEM INTO THAT CATEGORY FOR REVIEW AS WELL. OKAY. THANKS. GREAT GOVERNOR COMMISSIONERS. THAT WAS THE LAST QUESTION. SO GOVERNOR MILLER’S I’LL TURN IT BACK OVER TO YOU. WELL, THANK YOU. JUST WANT TO I WANT TO SAY HOW HOW TIRELESSLY. MR. LAMBREAUX. DR. SHAW COMMISSIONER JOHNSON AND OTHERS HAVE WORKED NOT JUST ON THIS BUT ON THE DAILY ISSUES THAT WE CHALLENGES THAT WE FACE IN. BALANCING THE PUBLIC HEALTH WITH THE ECONOMIC NEEDS OF THE STATE. UM WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR BUSINESSES STAY VIABLE. WE DON’T WANT ANY BUSINESSES TO CLOSE, BUT WE ALSO WANT TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE. I GET LETTERS AND EMAILS FROM PEOPLE. ANY EVERY DAY SAYING PLEASE KEEP THINGS CLOSED BECAUSE I FEEL SAFER THIS WAY. AND THAT’S ONE POINT OF VIEW AND I DO WE DO WANT TO MAKE PEOPLE SAFE. KEEP PEOPLE SAFE. THERE’S SO MANY VULNERABLE PEOPLE IN OUR STATE. WE HAVE UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS OR WHO ARE OF A CERTAIN AGE AND I WANT EVERYBODY TO BE MINDFUL OF THAT. WHETHER YOU’RE IN A PARTICULAR BUSINESS OR YOU’RE RETIRED FOR YOUR COMING HERE TO VISIT. OUR OUR FIRST AND FOREMOST PRIORITY IS THE HEALTH OF OUR PEOPLE. AND THAT’S WHY THIS THIS OR ORDER AND PROTOCOL HAS COME TO IS TAKING EFFECT. ALLOWING PEOPLE COME HERE, BUT ENSURE THAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE REMAIN SAFE. AT THE SAME TIME ENHANCING CONSUMER CONFIDENCE. AND THE CONFIDENCE OF OUR EMPLOYEES AND NAME AND THE PUBLICAN NAME SO I’M I AM EXCITED ABOUT THE COOPERATION OF THOSE TOWNS PARTICULARLY THE TOURIST TOWNS HAVE BEEN IN CONSTANT DIALOGUE WITH US ABOUT THINGS THEY COULD BE DOING THINGS THEY WOULD LIKE TO DO AND HOW WE CAN HELP THEM. DO THOSE THINGS AND THIS IS COMING AROUND I THINK THINK IN A GOOD WAY. AND I WANT EVERYBODY TO REMEMBER TO STAY SAFE. KEEP YOUR DISTANCE WEAR YOUR MASK. THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. EVERYONE THAT CONCLUDES THIS AFTERNOON’S MEETING. WE THANK EVERYONE FOR JOINING US AND WE’LL TALK SOON. THANK YOU. THE MAINE CDC PRESS BRIEFING CLOSING ON A NUMBER ON MESSAGE OF SAFETY FROM GOVERNOR MILLS. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT TODAY’S CURRENT NUMBER SO YOU CAN SEE THAT THERE ARE 18 NEW CASES TODAY. THIS IS RELATIVELY LOW COMPARED TO THE LAST WEEK OR SO THAT WE’VE SEEN TAKING A LOOK AT THE THE TREAD NUMBERS BY COUNTY THESE ARE THE THREE COUNTIES WHERE MAINE HAS SEEN COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION THAT CUMBERLAND COUNTY LINE STILL THERE IN BLUE ABOVE THE REST OF THEM. WE ALSO WANT TO POINT OUT THAT THERE HAVE BEEN NO NEW DEATHS REPORTED TODAY. SO THE DEATH TOLL REMAINS AT 99 HERE IN THE STATE JUST UNDER THAT HUNDRED MARK AND IF WE LOOK AT THE PROGRESS THAT THE STATE HAS MADE TODAY, DOCTOR SHOT SAYING THAT HAD A POINT POSITIVITY RATE OF ABOUT 1.6. PERCENT YESTERDAY SUNDAY, SO HE HAS PREVIOUSLY SAID IN THE PAST. WE WANT TO GET TO THE POINT WHERE WE’RE UNDER TWO PERCENT. SO JUST FOR YESTERDAY WE WERE AT ONE POINT SIX PERCENT WHICH IS REALLY ENCOURAGING HE SAID BUT THERE IS A LOT MORE THAT WE NEED TO DO JANET GOVERNOR MILLS TODAY COMING UP WITH TWO SIGNIFICANT ANNOUNCEMENTS ONE OF WHICH BEING THE A NEW AGREEMENT WITH IDEXX WHERE WE CAN QUADRUPLE THE TESTING CAPACITY THROUGH OUR STATE LAB THROUGH THIS AGREEMENT A NUMBER OF KEY POINTS ASSOCIATED WITH THAT ADDITIONAL TESTING MAIN DHS AGAIN BROADENING ITS PARTNER. WITH IDEXX, THEY’LL HAVE NEW MOBILE NEW MOBILE LAB AT THE STATE LAB THAT WILL BE ABLE TO PROCESS ABOUT AN ADDITIONAL 2,000 PLUS TESTS PER WEEK. THEY’RE GOING TO ADD ADDITIONAL WHAT THEY CALL SWAB SWAB AND SEND SITES. THERE ARE ABOUT 40 NOW. THERE’S A MAP IF YOU GO TO MAINE DOT GOV YOU CAN SEE WHERE THEY’RE PLANNING TO ADD SOME NEW TESTING SITES, WHICH WOULD MEAN GREATER ACCESS TO TESTING AND IT WOULD BE EXPANDED TO TOURISM TOURISTS. AND VISITORS SEASONAL VISITORS TO MAINE AND THEN FINALLY UNDERNEATH THIS TESTING OR ADDITIONAL TESTING UMBRELLA THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE AT GREATER RISK WILL NO LONGER REQUIRE A DOCTOR’S ORDER TO GET A TEST. SO IF YOU ARE CONSIDERED AT GREAT RISK, ACCORDING TO THE DHS WEBSITE OR ACCORDING TO MAINE DOT GOV YOU CAN GET A TEST WITHOUT A DOCTOR’S ORDER. SO THAT WAS ONE VERY LARGE ELEMENT OF TODAY’S BRIEFING THE EXPANDED TESTED CAPACITY TESTING CAPACITY. THE OTHER ONE WAS THE GOVERNOR’S ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE KEEP MAIN HEALTHY PLAN, WHICH IS THE ALTERNATIVE TO THE 14 DAY QUARANTINE REQUIRED FOR VISITORS FROM OUT OF STATE TO COME IN TWO MAIN AND THEY SAID THERE ARE THREE MAJOR COMPONENTS TO THAT ALTERNATIVE ONE THAT VISITORS WILL HAVE TO CERTIFY THAT THEY HAVE TESTED NEGATIVE WITHIN 72 HOURS TO STAY IN HOTELS TO THAT. WILL BE INCREASED SECURITY. TIM CHECKING IN PLACES WHERE VISITORS TEND TO GO THINK BEACHES THINK RESTAURANTS THINK PLACES WHERE YOU MIGHT SEE A LOT OF SEASONAL VISITORS AND THREE SUPPORTING OUR CURRENT COMMUNITY PREVENTION BEST PRACTICES. WE KNOW WEARING MASKS IN PUBLIC SOCIAL DISTANCING GOOD HAND HYGIENE THINGS LIKE THAT WOULD ALSO BE A COMPONENT OF THIS KEEP MAIN HEALTHY PLAN. SO THIS IS ALSO CALLED KNOW BEFORE YOU GO ASKING PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT THEY ARE IF BEFORE THEY COME TO ME ALL OF THIS STARTING ON JULY 1, SO AGAIN LOT TO UNPACK HERE TO MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING FROM THE GOVERNOR TODAY THIS INCREASED TESTING CAPACITY AND THE ALTERNATIVE FOR THE 14 DAY QUARANTINE. WE’LL TALK MUCH MORE ABOUT THIS COMING UP AT FIRST FOR THAT’S ABOUT 45 MINUTES FROM WE’LL SEE YOU THEN

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Maine CDC reports 18 new coronavirus cases, no new deaths


The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced 18 new coronavirus cases and no new deaths on Monday.The new cases bring the total number of cases in Maine to 2,588.The total number of Mainers with COVID-19 who have died remains at 99. There were 27 new recoveries reported on Monday.Slow the Spread: CLICK HERE to read the CDC guidelines on coronavirusMAINE CORONAVIRUS DATADeaths: 99Total cases: 2,588Confirmed Cases: 2,305Probable Cases: 283Total Positivity Rate: 3.84%Patients recovered: 1,891Active cases: 598Currently hospitalized: 37Patients in ICU: 12Patients on ventilators: 7Get the latest coronavirus information from the Maine CDC WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?Symptoms of coronavirus may include fever, cough difficulty breathing and sore throat. Symptoms generally appear two to 14 days after exposure.Other symptoms include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste and/or smell.Health officials said most patients experience mild symptoms and can recover at home.However, some patients, particularly those with underlying medical conditions, may experience more severe respiratory illness.Coronavirus appears to spread in similar ways to the flu and the common cold, which includes through the air by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact such as touching and shaking hands and touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.Anyone experiencing symptoms is urged to call their health care provider and not just show up in person.EXPANDED TESTINGThe Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has eliminated the tiered criteria for testing after acquiring new equipment in a partnership with Idexx. The Maine CDC can now process 1,000 tests per day, more than tripling its capacity.Under the expanded testing, the Maine CDC lab will test any person who has one or more symptoms of COVID-19. Testing must be ordered by a health care provider.The Maine CDC lab will also test people with no symptoms who may be at risk of spreading the virus. That includes asymptomatic close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases in an outbreak setting; asymptomatic health care workers, including first responders, who have had contact with or exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case; or asymptomatic persons tested as part of a sentinel COVID-19 disease surveillance program established by Maine CDC.COVID-19 RESOURCESMaine Helps: The Maine Helps website offers ways Mainers can directly help nonprofits, health care and businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak.FrontLine WarmLine: Maine Department of Health and Human Services phone line to help Mainers who are working on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak. The phone line will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day by calling 207-221-8196 or 866-367-4440. The service will eventually include a text option, officials said.211 Maine: The state’s 211 system can answer general questions about coronavirus from callers. Mainers can also text 898-211 to have their questions answered.NAMI Maine Resources: NAMI Maine is offering several programs to help people with mental health concerns due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced 18 new coronavirus cases and no new deaths on Monday.

The new cases bring the total number of cases in Maine to 2,588.

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The total number of Mainers with COVID-19 who have died remains at 99.

There were 27 new recoveries reported on Monday.

Slow the Spread: CLICK HERE to read the CDC guidelines on coronavirus

MAINE CORONAVIRUS DATA

  • Deaths: 99
  • Total cases: 2,588
  • Confirmed Cases: 2,305
  • Probable Cases: 283
  • Total Positivity Rate: 3.84%
  • Patients recovered: 1,891
  • Active cases: 598
  • Currently hospitalized: 37
  • Patients in ICU: 12
  • Patients on ventilators: 7

Get the latest coronavirus information from the Maine CDC

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Symptoms of coronavirus may include fever, cough difficulty breathing and sore throat. Symptoms generally appear two to 14 days after exposure.

Other symptoms include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste and/or smell.

Health officials said most patients experience mild symptoms and can recover at home.

However, some patients, particularly those with underlying medical conditions, may experience more severe respiratory illness.

Coronavirus appears to spread in similar ways to the flu and the common cold, which includes through the air by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact such as touching and shaking hands and touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.

Anyone experiencing symptoms is urged to call their health care provider and not just show up in person.

EXPANDED TESTING

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has eliminated the tiered criteria for testing after acquiring new equipment in a partnership with Idexx. The Maine CDC can now process 1,000 tests per day, more than tripling its capacity.

Under the expanded testing, the Maine CDC lab will test any person who has one or more symptoms of COVID-19. Testing must be ordered by a health care provider.

The Maine CDC lab will also test people with no symptoms who may be at risk of spreading the virus. That includes asymptomatic close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases in an outbreak setting; asymptomatic health care workers, including first responders, who have had contact with or exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case; or asymptomatic persons tested as part of a sentinel COVID-19 disease surveillance program established by Maine CDC.

COVID-19 RESOURCES

  • Maine Helps: The Maine Helps website offers ways Mainers can directly help nonprofits, health care and businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • FrontLine WarmLine: Maine Department of Health and Human Services phone line to help Mainers who are working on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak. The phone line will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day by calling 207-221-8196 or 866-367-4440. The service will eventually include a text option, officials said.
  • 211 Maine: The state’s 211 system can answer general questions about coronavirus from callers. Mainers can also text 898-211 to have their questions answered.
  • NAMI Maine Resources: NAMI Maine is offering several programs to help people with mental health concerns due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Bonnie Pointer, known as one of the original Pointer Sisters, has died, Fox News confirmed Monday. She was 69.

Her cause of death was cardiac arrest, according to publicist Roger Neal.

“It is with great sadness that I have to announce to the fans of The Pointer Sisters that my sister, Bonnie died this morning,” sister Anita Pointer said. “Our family is devastated, on behalf of my siblings and I and the entire Pointer family, we ask for your prayers at this time.”

Bonnie Pointer of The Pointer Sisters has died at the age of 69.

Bonnie Pointer of The Pointer Sisters has died at the age of 69. (Neal Public Relations)

LIAM NEESON’S MOTHER DEAD AT 94 ON THE DAY BEFORE ACTOR’S BIRTHDAY

Anita mentioned that Bonnie — real name Patricia Pointer — was her “best friend,” saying they “never had a fight in our life.”

She continued, “I already miss her and I will see her again one day.”

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Bonnie and her sisters achieved fame in the 1970s and ’80s with R&B hits like “I”m So Excited” and “Jump (For My Love).”

Left to right: Anita Pointer, Bonnie Pointer, Donelle Dadigan and Ruth Pointer.

Left to right: Anita Pointer, Bonnie Pointer, Donelle Dadigan and Ruth Pointer. (Neal Public Relations, File)

The group also ventured into country music with their song “Fairytale” and they became the first African-American group to perform at the Grand Ole Opry, according to the release.

Bonnie Pointer also pursued a solo career, most notably producing the disco hit “Heaven Must Have Sent You.”

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Bonnie’s last recording was the song “Feels like June” with Anita in tribute to their late sister, June.

The Pointer Sisters have won three Grammys and earned 10 nominations.

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