St. John Valley

COVID-positive person seen in public in Madawaska without a mask

MADAWASKA, Maine — Several anonymous tips to Madawaska’s health officer Kristopher Albert reported that a person who was known to have recently tested positive for COVID-19 was seen in public without a mask on. 

Albert said Friday this came to his attention on Friday, and he has since released a notice on the town app, alerting the public to the incidents and expressing concern that violations of protocol could lead to a “super spreader event.”

“For other people in the community who might not know that this particular person is positive, it raises some concern for us as to if these people don’t know this person has COVID, the potential for transmission,” Albert said in an interview. 

The tips are currently under investigation, and Albert was unable to confirm exactly where the person had been seen in the community or whether the tips all referred to the same person. The incidents have been reported to the state, and Albert was unsure what the next step in an investigation would be.

While Albert said he felt there was no need for public alarm, he cautioned people to consider the vulnerability of elderly and those who are immunocompromised and may be more susceptible to COVID-19. 

He advised the public to continue to wear a mask, wash their hands and observe social distancing, especially with Easter celebrations this weekend.

“I do understand there is a fatigue that goes with all of this,” Albert said. “But we’re almost there, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.”

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