A moose statue wearing a mask stands inside the window of Moose Prints Gallery and Gifts on Penobscot Avenue in Millinocket on March 26, 2021. Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Nirav Shah said his agency is considering whether to continue using the U.S. Centers for Disease Control map to determine which areas in Maine have substantial and high transmission of COVID-19 and where face coverings should be recommended indoors.

Speaking during Maine Calling on Monday, Shah said Maine’s low population levels make risk levels fluctuate daily.

“One day, Somerset County is a risk. Piscataquis is, and then it’s not. That, I recognize, whipsaws people,” he said.

Shah said that his agency is researching whether a different approach than the U.S. CDC map would be a better fit for Maine to determine higher-risk areas. Currently, masks are recommended indoors in Waldo and Somerset Counties.

This article appears through a media partnership with Maine Public.