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A sixth resident of the OceanView at Falmouth retirement community has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the global coronavirus pandemic.
The resident is being cared for at Maine Medical Center in Portland, officials at the retirement community said Saturday.
The resident had not been connected to previous cases of the disease at OceanView, but because of the growing statewide community spread of the coronavirus, “it is no longer possible to definitively determine the source of exposure,” the retirement home said in a statement.
Of the six residents who have tested presumptive positive, three residents are receiving care at Maine Medical Center and three are recuperating at their respective homes. Patient privacy laws prevent officials at the retirement community from releasing any additional details about the patients.
The retirement community “strongly urges” all residents of the facility to shelter in place, officials said.
There are 421 residents at OceanView, including 47 people in assisted living and 24 others in memory care, according to OceanView officials. The facility also has approximately 200 staff members, including three nurses who are in self-quarantine but have not shown any symptoms.
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