UPDATE 7/28: The Maine CDC is providing a briefing this afternoon, at 2 p.m., to discuss how the state will confront the recent rise of COVID-19 cases.
Watch the stream below.
Original post (6/30)
AUGUSTA — After providing nearly 200 COVID-19 briefings since March 2020, ranging from as little as once a week to as much as five times a week, Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah is slated to sign off today, June 30, from the briefings as the Governor’s state of emergency order ends.
As the pandemic first emerged in the state, the briefings were held weekday mornings, before shifting to afternoons, to update the media and general public on how many Mainers were being impacted through infection, hospitalization, death, small and large outbreaks and to discuss what Maine CDC officials were doing to direct supplies and personnel around all corners of the state as the need arose.
When vaccines began to roll out to various age groups, the briefings included updates on how many doses were being delivered by the federal government to the state, and a way for the Maine CDC to keep Mainers apprised on vaccination efforts.
Dr. Shah was joined, many times, by other high ranking state officials for his briefings such as Governor Janet Mills, Laura Fortman from the Department of Labor, Heather Johnson from the Department of Economic and Community Development and Jeanne Lambrew from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Over the last few months, the briefings dipped from five times a week to three times before dropping to twice weekly. Most recently, the briefings were being held Wednesday afternoons.
Maine Public has carried the livestream of the briefings and has allowed news outlets such as Penobscot Bay Pilot and Boothbay Register to carry the livestream on its websites as a public service to our readerships.
An archive of the briefings is available on YouTube.
In his second to last briefing, June 23, Dr. Shah noted should incredibly important news happen in the near future related to COVID-19, the Maine CDC will schedule a briefing to convey the message to the public.