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Dr. Nirav Shah: Maine CDC Director Answers Questions About COVID-19 Increases & What Lies Ahead

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

As the state sees increased COVID-19 cases yet keeps our overall positivity rate low, we talk with Nirav Shah, director, Maine Center for Disease Control, about the trajectory of the pandemic here in Maine.

What is the plan to control the spread of the virus as colder weather and holiday gatherings are on the horizon? We'll also talk about new testing plans, the use of contact tracing, and how Maine will allocate the vaccine when it's available here.

And as always, Dr. Shah will take listeners' many questions about the coronavirus.


Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.