Dr. Nirav Shah, Director of the Maine CDC, announced today that three additional deaths have occurred since his daily briefing yesterday afternoon. That brings the total number of deaths to 47 advised Dr. Shah. All three were elderly. There is a total of 965 confirmed cases of the deadly virus – an increase of 28 from yesterday. Two hundred and thirty-eight of those confirmed cases are health care workers, a figure very much in line with other states.
Nursing homes continue to be of serious concern to Dr. Shah and the MaineCDC. More than half of the deceased were elderly residents of nursing homes as previously reported. For example, Falmouth by the Sea, a private nursing home in Falmouth Foreside, is reporting a total of nineteen individuals affiliated with it, That is an increase of one resident since yesterday. The Cedars, on Ocean Avenue, is reporting a total number of cases of twelve. Eight residents and 4 staff members are confirmed cases.
Yesterday MaineCDC shipped out 35 orders of PPE with the preponderance of it going to long-term facilities as has been their pattern.
“We are still in the thick of things. Models don’t tell us where we are in a pandemic. We only know where we are retroactively. When we look back, we know if we have passed the peak. “Be kind, be safe and take care of yourself.” Dr. Shah advised at the conclusion of the briefing.
Yesterday Governor Janet Mills announced at the daily briefing that her administration has launched a portal to receive ideas from all sectors of the Maine population on how to reopen the state eventually: The portal is: www.maine.gov/decd.
Whether or not Governor Mills’ Stay at Home Order will be lifted on April 30th, Dr. Shah said is difficult to predict today. “The trends we are seeing now are the ones that will be part of our decision.”
Please see previous post for more background information on Governor Mills’ vision for the opening of Maine.
note: Experts are advising that no one drink bleach as Trumpy recommended yesterday as a remedy for the COVID-19. Then today, if you didn’t see it, he read a brief statement careful not to go off script. Next, he and VP Pence left the James Brady briefing room – not answering any questions from the press. Noticeably absent were the medical doctors on the Task Force.