AUGUSTA – The Maine CDC is tracking a coronavirus outbreak at a residential care facility in Cape Elizabeth.
That’s according to a statement from a CDC spokesman Thursday night, which said a total of 57 residents and staff members at Cape Memory Care had tested positive for COVID-19.
According to the statement, the first individual, a staff member, tested positive on Wednesday. A managing member of the facility said in a statement the staff member had passed pre-shift medical screening prior to their last shift, and was showing no symptoms the last time they worked in the community.
As a result about 100 people affiliated with the facility were tested. The CDC is still awaiting additional test results.
Of the 66 current residents at the facility, 45 had tested positive for the illness, according to a release from the facility.
According to the statement, the facility is for individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
The additional cases will be reflected in the coronavirus data released by the CDC Friday.
“First and foremost, this is difficult news for us. Forty-five of the residents we serve and another dozen staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. We will do everything possible to provide exceptional care and comfort to those who are experiencing symptoms, and those who are nervous about what this means for their own health,” Cape Memory Care Managing Member Matthew Walters said in a statement.
“We have a plan in place to deal with this situation, and it is being implemented immediately while working with a dedicated team at the Maine CDC. The health and safety of our residents continues to be our top priority,” Walters said.