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Although Maine is still doing well in terms of COVID-19 cases relative to other states, recent case numbers are on the upswing. We'll hear from Nirav Shah, director, Maine CDC, about the recent surge of cases in York County and how the state is dealing with the pandemic, including contact tracing, enforcement of guidelines, increased testing and more. We'll also discuss how Dr. Shah is planning to stem the spread of the virus through the months ahead. And, as always, he'll take listener questions about the coronavirus and its effects on Mainers.


Gov. Janet Mills recently announced a change to the controversial rule requiring a 14-day quarantine for out-of-state visitors to Maine. We'll discuss the new guidelines, which call for visitors from certain states with higher rates of infection to test negative for COVID-19. The new rule hinges on increased COVID-19 testing capacity in Maine. We'll discuss what the guidelines mean, how they will be enforced and how they are being received by Maine's tourism industry.


While we have all gained some measure of expertise on COVID-19, a steady stream of new research and information about the disease continues to raise more questions. What are the different ways this disease can affect the body? Do we know more about the ways it is transmitted, or about immunity? We’ll find out how scientific and medical research informs decisions regarding what makes sense regarding quarantines and re-opening.


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.

Maine Public

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

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This is a special two-hour Maine Calling program as part of our ongoing coverage of the coronavirus crisis in Maine.

Dr. Nirav Shah, the director of Maine's Center for Disease Control and Prevention, announces the latest status of COVID-19 cases in Maine as well as new developments in testing and treatment for the virus.


Through many federal mandates, our country has long relied on test scores to objectively define school success. But what does “success” mean for students, teachers and families? Maine schools are working to shift away from emphasizing assessments and standardized tests as isolated measures of success, instead making way for a more holistic approach to learning and gauging students’ readiness as global citizens of the future.