Exclusive: pandemic appears resurgent in southern Maine

To kick off your Memorial Day weekend unpleasantly, I have this story in today’s Portland Press Herald showing that Covid-19 has been having a clear resurgence in two of Maine’s most populous counties, Cumberland (e.g.: Greater Portland) and Androscoggin (includes Lewiston-Auburn) and doesn’t look out for the count by any means in York County, which is close to southern New Hampshire and eastern Massachusetts, which both have far higher prevalence of the disease than anywhere in Maine.

Talked to Maine CDC’s director late Friday afternoon who agreed the weeks-long new case trends — detailed in the article — were worrisome and had started before Maine ramped up testing levels. Two top national experts said the state shouldn’t be reopening these counties further until the new case counts were under control.

Also in today’s paper, my weekly exclusive update on hospitalizations, hospital-by-hospital, day-by-day, show a sharp increase in Covid-19 inpatients at Portland’s two major hospitals, Maine Medical Center and Mercy. (Curiously, CMMC in Lewiston did not have such a trend.)

Enjoy your weekend, but stay safe, wear masks when around people outside your bubble, and keep reading.