Nirav Shah

Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, joins us to discuss the latest in the state's efforts to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

We'll discuss new federal funding, increased testing, outbreaks, use of protective equipment and masks, antibody tests, medications and research, and we'll take your questions.

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Nationwide, nursing homes and other congregate care facilities are hot spots for COVID-19--among residents and staff. Maine is seeing a similar pattern of outbreaks at different group care facilities across the state. What protective measures are in place, and what more can be done to stem the spread of the coronavirus?

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What is the latest on dealing with the coronavirus pandemic in Maine? We talk with Governor Janet Mills and director of the Maine CDC Dr. Nirav Shah to learn about projections for new COVID-19 cases, testing updates, state preparedness, top challenges and future outlook. They will take listener questions about the virus and how it is affecting Mainers.

Guests: Governor Janet Mills

Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention

The coronavirus crisis has now been designated a pandemic by the World Health Organization. How is Maine responding to COVID-19, especially now that there is someone who has tested positive in Maine? Our panel of experts shares the latest news on the disease and what steps the state is taking to address this public health crisis—including state testing for the virus and a newly formed state task force. 


The rapid outbreak of coronavirus is causing serious illness and death in China and is spreading worldwide, including here in the U.S. We'll discuss the nature of this disease, why it is spreading so quickly, and what people in Maine can do to protect themselves. We will also talk about how this year's flu virus is a more immediate concern for Maine — how bad it is, why this year's cases have surged, and what is being done to address it.

Alcohol use disorder has gotten less attention in recent years due to the opioid crisis. But, in Maine, unhealthy use of alcohol continues to be a problem. A recent report, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found that almost 11% of adults aged 65 and older reported binge drinking – having more than five drinks for men and four for women – at least once in the past month. We’ll discuss the various forms of alcohol abuse, what demographic groups are most affected, and what people can do to find support and recovery for those affected, including family members.

This is part of our ongoing focus on substance use issues in Maine.

Lead is a toxic metal that can cause serious health problems if ingested, breathed in or absorbed. It can be found in water, paint, ammunition and other sources. These can be present in our homes, environment and workplaces. Among the new actions statewide to address lead contamination is a law that requires that 1- and 2-year-olds be tested for lead. We’ll learn about common lead problems in Maine, and what can be done to address them.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says early indicators show it could be a tough flu season in the state and beyond.