COVID-19 cases in Maine counties spiking, worrying officials

VIRUS OUTBREAK-MAINE

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s top health official says the number of new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19 is growing and he’s warning about a “geometric surge.” Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, says he is “extremely, extremely concerned.” Shah says that with community transmission cases can keep doubling rapidly. On Friday, York County’s seven-day average of new cases hit an all-time high of 15.7 per day, nearly double the previous peak of 8.7 set on July 2. Case numbers are also climbing in Oxford County. The state has had 5,300 virus cases in total.