Maine CDC Health Advisory
March 12, 2020
First Presumptive COVID-19 Case in Maine
On Thursday, March 12, 2020, Maine's Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory (HETL) reported out the first presumptive positive COVID-19 test result on a Maine resident. Currently, all positive COVID-19 results from state public health laboratories are considered presumptive until they are confirmed at the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. CDC).
Health care providers should immediately notify infection control personnel at their health care facility if they suspect a patient of having COVID-19. Providers and health care facilities do not need to notify Maine CDC if they suspect their patient of having COVID-19, and do not need authorization to send samples to HETL. Providers should work with their health care facilities to determine the best location and method for specimen collection.