The Delta variant is now active in Maine, and medical officials are urging Mainers to take precautions. They say that people in the following Maine counties (as of August 5) should wear face coverings in public indoor settings: Aroostook, Cumberland, Kennebec, Lincoln, Penobscot, Somerset, Piscataquis, Waldo, York.

County community transmission levels are expected to change daily.

The Delta variant is much more contagious and dangerous than the original COVID-19 viral strain. Officials are concerned that other variants may follow the Delta variant, and could be even more dangerous.

Vaccination is by far the most effective way to be protected from COVID-19 and the variants.  Vaccines are free and are available for those 12 and older without needing an appointment.

To learn more about where you can get a COVID-19 vaccine, click here.