Maine CDC Health Advisory
May 22, 2023
COVID-19 Testing, Vaccines, Treatment, Reporting, Guidance, and Resources
COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths have decreased substantially in recent months. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, continues to circulate worldwide and new variants are expected to continue to appear. Vaccines continue to provide the best protection against infection and severe illness. Medications that reduce progression to severe disease are widely available for people at highest risk for severe disease. The U.S. Public Health Emergency ended on May 11, 2023, resulting in changes to reporting requirements and availability of certain metrics guiding certain healthcare infection control and individual- and community-level prevention practices. U.S. CDC and Maine CDC remain dedicated to preventing severe disease and death from COVID-19, particularly for populations at higher risk, and will continue working to reduce the negative impact of COVID-19.