New Outbreaks Detected Across Maine

December 04, 2020

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New Outbreaks Detected Across MaineIn late November, new outbreaks were discovered as the coronavirus has surged to record levels. A Bangor Daily News article written by Charles Eihacker titled, Virus' Continuing Spread Sparks New Outbreaks Across Maine stated that several new coronavirus outbreaks have been detected since the end of last week. This includes a Deer Isle nursing home that has affected at least 35 residents and 10 employees.

According to the Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Nirav Shah, state officials are working with the administration of the nursing home to provide additional testing and to ensure it has enough staff and personal protective equipment to keep operating in a safely manner. The Island Nursing Home conducted contract tracing which revealed that an employee went to work without showing any symptoms after catching the virus in the community. Currently, the nursing home is working with the Maine National Guard to disinfect the facilities and with other agencies to help contain the outbreak.

State health officials have stated that unlike the early days of the pandemic, that virus has become so widespread now that more transmission is happening in the community, businesses and nursing homes. So much so, that the community transmission is continuing to seed new institutional outbreaks. According to Maine CDC data, the state discovered nearly a third of the 42 outbreaks have been recorded in long-term care settings in just the month of November.

Long-term care facilities are much more prone to COVID-19 outbreaks due to their residents living in close quarters and because the elderly are at a much higher risk of dying to the virus. If you would like to read more about the article, don't forget to click here: Virus' Continuing Spread Sparks New Outbreaks Across Maine

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