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Maine adds 548 COVID-19 cases on Thanksgiving, as health officials urge precaution

Sharon Daley, Maureen Giffen
Robert F. Bukaty
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Nurses Sharon Daley, left, and Maureen Giffen fill syringes with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in a makeshift clinic in the kitchen of a community center, Friday, March 19, 2021, on Great Cranberry Island, Maine.

The Maine CDC has added 548 cases of COVID-19 on Thanksgiving Day. No new deaths were reported.

Dr. Dora Mills of MaineHealth is urging those gathering this Thanksgiving holiday to take precautions against COVID-19 as the state grapples with high transmission rates.

"Ventilate. Open up the windows and turn up the heat or have Thanksgiving outdoors. Spend a lot of time outdoors. Play games outside. Get a fire pit going," she says.

Mills says those not vaccinated should wear masks indoors and distance. She also urges anyone who has coldlike symptoms to get tested for COVID-19 as quickly as possible.

Maine Public editor Andrew Catalina contributed to this report.