STATEWIDE –The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will assist congregate care settings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
During Thursday’s Maine Center for Disease Control briefing, Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew said the DHHS is investing about $1 million from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund to support infection prevention and control practices in these settings.
She said this funding will be for non-nursing home congregate care settings, including group homes, assisted living facilities, adult family care homes, memory care homes, and private non-medical institutions.
According to Lambrew, 63% of the 105 COVID-19 outbreaks closed in Maine were in non-nursing home congregate settings.
“The department is contracting with home health organizations that will dispatch nurses and other health care professionals to congregate care settings across the state,” Lambrew said. “This consultation includes on-site reviews of policies and practices, interviews with staff and residents, development of an infection prevention and control plan, and follow up support.”
As of Thursday, there have now been a total of 5,431 cases of COVID-19 statewide, since the pandemic first hit Maine.
According to Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah, 488 of those cases were reported in the last two weeks, making up 9% of Maine’s total cases.
4,704 Mainers have recovered from the virus.
There have been 142 deaths in the state of Maine as a result of COVID-19.