SOMESVILLE, Nov. 19, 2020 – Michelle Kaplan not only lost her race for the 132nd House seat in the Maine legislature, but she also no longer has her job at Mount Desert Island Hospital. Hospital officials confirmed today that Kaplan has submitted her resignation. She posted on Facebook she left for another opportunity.
Kaplan made statewide news when the emergency room physicians assistant went to work after appearing at a Trump rally without a mask and came in contact with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, who later was diagnosed with Covid-19.
The following article appeared on The Quietside Journal in late October:
MDI Hospital staffer (GOP candidate) quarantined after mingling without mask at Trump rally
SOMESVILLE, Oct. 27, 2020 – Michelle Kaplan, an MDI Hospital emergency room physician’s assistant, has begun a 14-day quarantine after a photo appeared on Facebook showing her at the Trump rally Sunday in Levant, Maine, along with several prominent Maine Republicans, includingcandidates in both Congressional Districts. Kaplan is the Republican candidate for the 132rd House seat in Maine.
She was in at least two photos with Dale Craft and Jay Allen who are running against Democrats Jared Golden and Chellie Pingree. One included Mark Meadows, White House chief of staff. Allen is a family physician in Waldoboro.In response to a question from QSJ, Kaplan stated she is “voluntarily self quarantining for 14 days out of an abundance of caution. I will use this time to catch up on some household projects, perhaps produce a painting or two, and make some homage goodies.If I display any symptoms whatsoever I will be sure to get tested.”
She clearly failed to comply with Maine CDC guidelines where she appeared unmasked at the rally. Facebook posters said she worked at least one 12-hour shift at the hospital after the rally.
Kaplan did not answer a QSJ question of whether she worked a shift after the rally and before the quarantine.
An MDI Hospital spokesperson said, “While we cannot discuss individual personnel matters, we can assure you that any employee known to have acted in a manner that does not follow proper health and safety protocols in accordance with our policies and the guidance of the MaineCenter for Disease Control and Prevention will be required, at a minimum, to quarantine for 14 days, receive mandatory education and training, and be subject to disciplinary action.
“MDI Hospital follows all Maine CDC guidelines for distancing, masking and screening in order to provide a safe environment for patients to receive care and needed services.We take the health of our community very seriously and will take every appropriate action to continue to provide our region with safe, responsible care in accordance with CDC guidelines and our health and safety policies and procedures.” The 132rd seat is held by DemocratNicole Grohoski.
Tuesday night the Bangor Daily News reported that the owner of the orchard which hosted the Trump rally publicly regretted allowing the event to be held saying and that its attendees did not practice good social distancing or mask-wearing in the middle of a pandemic.
Here is the link to the statement https://treworgyorchards.com/potus-visit: