Throughout a media briefing this week, Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah stated as of Thursday 18 new circumstances have been confirmed amongst employees on the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Some 13 of these people who examined constructive for novel coronavirus are Maine residents, whereas 4 are from New Hampshire and one from Massachusetts, he stated.
“One of many linkages that now we have recognized that will have generated this outbreak is a bunch of people who commuted collectively from Sanford to the Naval Shipyard,” Shah stated.
“There was a commuting van that occurred the place 9 people in that van appeared to have shared rides on a frequent foundation,” Shah continued. “Seven of the 9 people who're a part of the commuting caravan have examined constructive.”
Shah stated among the many 18 people who contracted COVID-19 not less than two aren't staff of the shipyard however are “shut family contacts of staff of the shipyard.”
One particular person isn't thought to work or have commuted with the opposite 17 constructive people, and well being officers are investigating if that case is an incidental discovering.
“It's a frequent query we encounter whether or not a person is by the way somebody who's detected or a part of the outbreak we're seeing,” Shah stated.
The Maine CDC is working alongside the Navy Shipyard to research the outbreak and observe the transmission patterns.
As of Thursday, Maine has reported some 4,962 circumstances of the novel virus. The variety of deaths remained unchanged at 138, in accordance with Maines’s CDC.