It’s been more than 100 days since the coronavirus pandemic began in the United States with no end in sight. Some people are starting to go back to work, while others are still working from home. As more businesses open, cases have been going up throughout the country as well, including an outbreak recently in Houlton. All of this can cause continued anxiety. Megan Cole has more on ways people can cope with returning to normal.
There are two types of testing for covid 19. One of those tests is the one people are the most familiar with, the antigen test. That is where a swab is put into the nose to test for the virus. But that isn't the only test, there are also antibody tests. Stephen Durham has more on what antibody tests are and why there are some challenges to this particular test.
The Maine CDC has reported 2,282 cases of COVID in the state. This is an increase of 56 cases since yesterday. 2,205 are confirmed and 257 are probable. There have been 272 hospitalizations with the virus. 1,505 have recovered from the virus and there have been 89 deaths.
Northern Light A.R. Gould Hospital services are returning to a bit more normal schedule, after being put on hold as a result of the pandemic. Kathy McCarty spoke with the hospital's president who says those who had procedures delayed can now reschedule.
Maine health care providers can now request testing for anyone suspected of having COVID-19 according to Gov. Janet Mills announcement Monday. News Source 8’s Tom Dufton spoke with a local hospital to see how they are planning on handling this.
Coronavirus cases have been rapidly increasing in several populous nations around the world. New cases have been spiking from India to South Africa to Mexico, while Russia and Brazil now sit behind only the United States in the number of reported infections. Russia saw a steady rise of new infections Tuesday and new hot spots have emerged. India's cases have surged past 100,000, and infections are rising in the home states of migrant workers who left cities and towns when they lost work.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says countries need to work together to overcome the coronavirus pandemic. In a video address Monday to the annual World Health Assembly, Merkel said that “no country can solve this problem alone.”