Bar Harbor hospital reports 35 out-of-state visitors with coronavirus may have come to island this summer – The Boston Globe

As of Tuesday, the Maine CDC was reporting 3,975 COVID-19 cases statewide, consisting of 3,548 validated cases, 427 probable cases, 123 deaths, and 3,424 healings.
The town of Bar Harbor, in a July 30 statement, prompted people to practice safety preventative measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
” The Town of Bar Harbor expects residents and visitors alike to abide by CDC and State suggestions for mask wearing, social distancing, quarantine, handwashing, and isolation,” the town stated. “Abiding by these recommendations will assist secure our island community. Maine can invite all visitors from VT, NH, NJ, NY, CT without test or quarantine, and all others who provide a current unfavorable covid test or who quarantine for 14 days. The Governors required requires Maine people to wear fabric face coverings in public locations where physical distancing is tough to keep, as recommended by the US CDC.”
Maine Governor Janet Mills, a Democrat, last week ripped state Republicans for proposing a loosening of travel restrictions in the middle of the pandemic, calling the concept a “Donald Trump-style assault” on public health procedures that have actually secured Mainers.
Mills declaration came in response to a proposal from Maine Republican lawmakers to include Massachusetts and Rhode Island to the list of states exempt from a requirement that visitors to Maine quarantine for 14 days or reveal evidence of a negative test 72 hours prior to entering the state, journalism Herald reported.
” For the life of me, I can not understand why Republicans care more about Massachusetts money than the life of a Maine person,” Mills said in a highly worded declaration posted to the main state website July 27.

” What the Republicans unveiled today is not a set of suggestions to restore our tourist market,” Mills stated. “It is a Donald Trump-style assault on the extremely public health steps that have actually effectively protected Maine people. It amounts to a Republican invite for a resurgence of the infection, which not only would sicken more people however would damage our economy for years to come.”
Mills stated she, too, is “deeply concerned about the financial implications of this pandemic and am fretted about small service owners throughout Maine. Economists, public health specialists, and lots of business owners have told me that the best thing we can do for our financial health is to guarantee that we safeguard public health. My Administration will continue to strike that balance.”

Hutchins elaborated in a follow-up message Tuesday early morning.
” This came to our attention because we started getting calls from visitors (both travelers and member of the family of area citizens) who were checked prior to traveling and only received positive results after their arrival here,” Hutchins wrote. “Because they evaluated out of state, these visitors test outcomes are not caught by current reporting requirements. The log of 35 individuals so far this summer is still existing, nevertheless, none of these individuals were checked at our hospital. In addition to visitors who have reported favorable outcomes to us, this number includes their relative and close contacts who might have been exposed and might be prospective spreaders.”
She said contact tracing “falls to the general public health department in visitors home states, which can provide obstacles to reliable tracing. MDI Hospital is offering therapy and contact tracing support when we get these calls– but there is presently no mechanism to inform us when a favorable outcome is gotten by a visitor in our neighborhood if they do not reach out to us. We intend to partner with the Maine CDC to address this.”

Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.

Maine can welcome all visitors from VT, NH, NJ, NY, CT without test or quarantine, and all others who supply a current unfavorable covid test or who quarantine for 14 days. The Governors required requires Maine individuals to wear fabric face coverings in public places where physical distancing is hard to preserve, as advised by the United States CDC.”
“It is a Donald Trump-style attack on the extremely public health steps that have effectively secured Maine individuals. Mills said she, too, is “deeply concerned about the financial implications of this pandemic and am worried about little service owners across Maine.