Governor Mills Announces Positive COVID-19 Test Result Today; Will Miss First Lady Biden Visit to Maine Wednesday


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Governor Janet T. Mills (D), the first woman governor of Maine and the state’s first woman AG, announced  this evening that she tested positive for COIVD-19 today.  The Governor received a positive result after experiencing a scratchy throat this mornng.  She will isolate for a minimum of five days consistent with Maine and US Centers for Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

Governor Mills is fully vaccinated and boosted, for which she attributes her mild symptoms and good prognosis.  Governor Mills previously tested positive for COVID-19 in April 2022.  She isolated and recovered within a matter of days.

Given these circumstances, the Governor will not be joining First Lady Jill Biden during her visit to Maine this week to Southern Maine Community College, (SMCC) in South Portand.  On Wednesday, April 5th, the Governor was scheduled to join First Lady Jill Biden and US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona during their visit to SMCC to highlight how the state’s free community college initiative and historic Federal investments from the Biden Administration through the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan are creating rewarding new career opportunities for Maine people.

In 2022, Governor Mills proposed and the Legislature passed Maine’s free community college initiative to help studens whose aspirations for higher education were disrupted by the pandemic pursue affordable higher education and prepare for good-paying careers.  In the first year of the initiative, enrollment at Maine’s community college systems increased by a record 12%.

“Other than a scratchy throat, I feel fine,” said Governor Mills.  “I will work remotely over the next few days and I look forward to gettng back to the office later this week.”