Maine DHHS Announces 4 New ‘Swab and Send’ COVID-19 Testing Sites
Maine's Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that more COVID-19 testing capabilities are being added across the state, including four new remote testing sites where Mainers can drive-up or stop into an office to be tested.
The four new "swab and send" testing sites will be located in Westbrook, Skowhegan, Lincoln and Sanford and will bring the number of testing sites available to Mainers to over 60. Some of the new sites are up and running while others will be shortly. You can view a list of where you can get a COVID-19 test on the State of Maine website by clicking the button below.
In addition, DHHS Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew announced a $1 million federal grant to help rural hospitals in Maine to increase their lab capacity to process COVID-19 tests.
The latest numbers released Tuesday by the Maine CDC, show that the cumulative number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Maine is now at 3,723, an increase of 12 since Monday. 3,300 of those cases are confirmed while 423 are deemed probable.
There was one new death reported of a person with COVID-19, bringing the total number at 118. 377 patients have had to be hospitalized at some point. 12 are currently hospitalized with 8 in critical care and 4 patients on ventilators.
3,191 people diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered, an increase of 32 since Monday. The total number of diagnosed active cases of COVID-19 is 414, an decrease of 21 since Monday. The cumulative number of COVID-19 negative tests is 145,101 with a cumulative positivity rate of 3.03%.
Governor Mills issued an executive order on July 8 requiring large retail stores, lodging, restaurants, outdoor bars and tasting rooms in coastal counties and Maine's largest cities to enforce the state's face covering requirement.
The counties where businesses are be required to enforce the face covering requirement are those that are expected to have an influx of people in the next few months: Hancock, Waldo, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Cumberland and York as well as the more populated inland cities Bangor/Brewer and Lewiston/Auburn.
The face covering enforcement requirement will be added to the certification checklist that businesses must agree to when opening.
The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development has released a list of businesses they may now open as part of stage 3 of the Mills Administration's Restarting Maine’s Economy plan.
The following businesses may now reopen as long as they commit to complying with requirements of State COVID-19 prevention checklists.
- Bars and Tasting Rooms remain open for outdoor service only until further notice
- Outdoor recreation
- Overnight Summer Camps
- Indoor Amusement
- Movie Theaters
- Outdoor Amusement
- Performing Arts Venues
For movie theaters, guidance calls for limiting seating to allow for at least six feet of physical distance between non-household members. The suggested way to do this is by leaving empty seats between household groups and limiting seating to every other row.
If the Maine CDC detects any resurgence of the virus, the state will slow down the stages and reinstate restrictions.
If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, including a runny nose, sore throat, dry cough, fever and in severe cases, difficulty breathing, the Maine CDC says you should call your doctor before going in so that they can prepare for your arrival. The Maine CDC continues to update with new information daily. Keep checking on our mobile app or website to get the latest.