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The impact of Dr. Shah

Ahead of the last scheduled COVID-19 briefing Wednesday, we're saying 'Thank you' to the man who has guided Maine through the pandemic

AUGUSTA, Maine — Through more than a year of uncertainty, one voice has been a constant guiding presence for Mainers. 

He quickly became more than just the man on the other side of our screens, reading numbers and data. We’ve come to know him. His love of Diet Coke. His dog Quincy. His affinity for our very own Don Carrigan, and the many titles he gave him. And remember that time he Rick Rolled us?

Most importantly, through fact-based leadership, compassion, understanding, and even with the occasional joke, he’s gotten Maine through the thick of the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, nearly 200 briefings later, he is preparing for the last scheduled coronavirus briefing—signaling a new chapter in Maine’s fight against COVID-19. We’re not completely out of the woods yet, which he made clear in the last briefing. The Delta variant is concerning, he said, and our fight is not yet over.

We have no doubt he’ll continue to guide us through the pandemic to the end. He just won’t grace our screens every Wednesday.

What impact has he had on you? 

Send us a video telling us about the impact Shah has had on you. Or if you'd simply like to say "Thank you," we'd love to hear that, too. Use the "Near ME" tool of our mobile app to share your videos.  

YouTube playlist: The best of Dr. Shah

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