Maine CDC Health Advisory

September 8, 2020

COVID-19 Testing Updates - September 2020

  • Persons who test positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, using a molecular amplification test and have not had a previous positive test, should be considered infected at the time of testing, regardless of any subsequent negative test results. Molecular amplification tests include Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAAT).
  • Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) continues to recommend that ALL persons who were in close contact with a person infected with COVID-19 (defined as being within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) should be tested, regardless of symptoms.
  • Maine's Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory (HETL) is working with all submitting facilities to convert to the Lab Web Portal for electronic test ordering and reporting.

Advisory (PDF)