MADISON — The residents of a Madison rehab facility have been at the center of a lot of the recent COVID-19 news.
According to Maine Center for Disease Control director Dr. Nirav Shah, the Maplecrest Rehabilitation and Living Center has had nearly two dozen residents and more than a dozen staff members test positive for COVID-19.
Shah said six residents have died from the disease.
According to Shah, the outbreak at the Madison rehab center has been linked to a wedding and reception in August in the Millinocket region.
On Friday, people from throughout Somerset County held a parade for the residents, trying to help them think about something besides the outbreak for a few minutes.
One of the local volunteers said she hadn’t been able to visit the residents since March.
“I mean, my friend died,” said Wanda Kranz, a Maplecrest volunteer. “Thirty nine people here are affected so far. That’s devastating. Thank god it hasn’t gone to other nursing homes.
“But this is horrible,” Kranz said. “Six residents have died because of this. Hello, people. Wake up.”
Friday marked a full month since the residents and employees of Maplecrest started dealing with the virus outbreak.