Maine CDC Press Release
April 11, 2020
Additional COVID-19 Cases Confirmed at Veterans' Home in Scarborough
Six staff and three residents have tested positive
AUGUSTA – The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) today confirmed an increase in cases of the disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Maine Veterans' Homes facility in Scarborough.
As of today, six staff members and three residents of the facility have tested positive for COVID-19. One resident who tested positive for COVID-19 has died. The other residents who tested positive reside in the same wing of the facility and are being cared for there. Working with Maine Veterans' Homes, COVID-19 testing is underway for other residents and staff.
Maine CDC is in regular contact with administrators at the home. Elevated protective measures have been in place since the first positive test involving a member of the community. An additional supply of personal protective equipment is being provided to the facility, on top of what was sent to it in March. Nursing facilities have been prioritized for personal protective equipment from the State emergency stockpile.
Maine CDC continues to work closely with congregate living facilities to protect staff and residents, and to limit potential spread of the virus. On March 15,Governor Janet Millsand theMaine CDC recommended that long-term care providers prohibit all visitors and non-essential health care personnel, except for certain compassionate care situations, until further notice.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, shortness of breath, and lower respiratory distress. Individuals who exhibit those symptoms are advised to contact medical providers before going to a health care facility. Medical providers will make initial determinations about who should be tested.
Maine people can protect their health by exercising good personal hygiene and abiding by physical distancing to limit potential spread of the virus: Wash your hands often for 20 seconds. Cover coughs and sneezes. Stay home except for essential trips. Avoid group gatherings. Stay at least 6 feet away from others while out in public. Use phones or other media to chat with friends and loved ones rather than meeting face to face.