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A nurse from an outside agency who worked at the Stillwater Health Care nursing home in Bangor has tested positive for the coronavirus, but no other cases have been detected there, according to an administrator.
There was one other person affiliated with the facility who was presumed to have the virus, but that person was tested and the results came back negative, according to Colleen Hilton, president of the facility’s parent group, Northern Light Home Care and Hospice. She did not indicate whether that person was a resident or employee.
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Hilton said that the Bangor facility has followed strict guidelines from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention for reporting and testing possible cases of the virus, which causes the COVID-19 disease.
The facility has worked to identify other people who may have been exposed to the coronavirus, but no else was identified as needing to be tested, according to Hilton.
The positive case was reported as long-term facilities across the state are trying to avoid the COVID-19 outbreaks that have been reported at centers in Augusta, Belfast, Scarborough, Falmouth and Portland. Those outbreaks can occur rapidly in long-term care settings, where elderly residents live in close confines and are particularly vulnerable to the most damaging health effects of the virus.
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Hilton did not immediately respond to questions about what private agency the nurse worked for or when the nurse last worked in the Bangor facility.
The reported case comes after a patient at a short-term nursing facility one city over, Brewer Center for Health and Rehabilitation, also tested positive for the coronavirus.
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