Maine redefines contact tracing rules as flu season arrives

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — With COVID-19 surging at the same time as flu season, the Maine Center for Disease Control will only investigate coronavirus infections based on a positive lab test. The Maine Center for Disease Control says contact tracers will no longer investigate people who had close contact with someone who’s infected, even if they’re showing symptoms, unless there’s a positive test. Dr. Nirav Shah, Maine CDC director, said that with the arrival of flu season the state wants to ensure it’s focusing its COVID-19 efforts “on lab-positive cases.” Maine officials have reported more than 9,700 cases of the coronavirus and 171 deaths since the pandemic began.