AUGUSTA – Two more Mainers have died and 71 more cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed, bringing the total case count in the state to 1,948, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Nirav Shah said during his daily briefing Friday.
Of the 71 new confirmed cases, Shah said 57 are from an outbreak at a residential care facility for people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in Cape Elizabeth.
He said 45 residents and 12 staff members at Cape Memory Center have tested positive for coronavirus, with more tests pending.
Shah credited the state’s newly expanded testing program for enabling Maine CDC to provide tests for everyone at Cape Memory Center once the first case was confirmed.
“Given that significant outbreak, we immediately went into our emergency preparedness operations plan,” Shah said. “Our first and primary goal in situations of that nature is to ensure that we provide quick prompt care for everyone associated with that center, both residents and staff alike.”
One of the two people who died was an 80-year-old woman from Aroostook County, marking the first death from that county since the outbreak began. The other was a Kennebec County resident, bringing the death toll in the state to 75.