BELFAST – The number of coronavirus cases in Maine is now 560.
Two more people in Maine have died from the coronavirus, including a woman in her 80s from Waldo County.
Now, the head of the Maine CDC says they are making a healthcare facility in Belfast a top priority.
Ten patients and three staff members at the Tall Pines retirement and healthcare community have tested positive for COVID-19.
In his briefing Thursday, Dr. Nirav Shah said the Maine CDC has been working closely with staff at Tall Pines since they first noticed an uptick in the number of cases.
In a statement, Tall Pines officials say they are taking the appropriate actions to contain this.
Prior to the confirmed cases, authorities say they restricted visitors and canceled group activities.
Staff and residents are also being regularly screened for symptoms.
They say they will continue doing everything possible to keep people safe.
“Our infection control team has been on the phone with Tall Pines, giving them guidance on how to keep residents safe,” Dr. Shah said. “Our emergency preparedness team is continuing to work to supply the facility with additional PPE and our team of epidemiologists is working with the facility to try to get a handle on who is infected, who is at risk and who should be tested.”
Included in the 560 reported cases of coronavirus are 13 Mainers that have been tested outside the state of Maine.
Dr. Shah said there are 17 individuals from other states that tested positive here in Maine.
On a positive note, Dr. Shah said both cell phone and transportation data show Mainers are traveling less and appear to be following the Stay Healthy at Home order.