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An Augusta long-term care facility has seen a rapid spike in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases, with nearly two-thirds of residents now infected.
Forty-one residents and 14 staff members at the Augusta Center for Health and Rehabilitation have tested positive for COVID-19, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Sunday. That’s up from four confirmed cases reported on Friday. One resident who tested positive for COVID-19 has died.
The facility had 63 residents as of Sunday, according to Genevieve Worthington, chief marketing officer for National Health Care Associates, the Augusta rehab center’s parent company.
The rehab facility is among three long-term care facilities in Maine that have seen coronavirus outbreaks. Retirement communities and nursing homes are especially vulnerable to coronavirus outbreaks, with older people at higher risk for complications from the virus living in close quarters.
The influx of cases at the Augusta center was found after the CDC tested all residents and staff.
The CDC has provided an additional supply of personal protective equipment to the Augusta center, and the CDC said the facility has instituted elevated protective measures since the first case was confirmed.
In addition to the Augusta facility, Maine CDC has reported outbreaks at the Tall Pines Retirement and Health Care Community in Belfast and the Maine Veterans’ Homes facility in Scarborough.
Nationwide, nursing facilities have been common settings for COVID-19 outbreaks.
The increased number of cases at the Augusta Center for Health and Rehabilitation will be reflected in the COVID-19 case data that the Maine CDC will post on Monday.
Watch: Nirav Shah talks about the situation at Tall Pines