AUGUSTA — Thirteen cases of COVID-19 have been reported at MaineGeneral Rehabilitation & Long Term Care at Glenridge, which prompted an outbreak investigation at the site.

Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention Nirav Shah announced the outbreak investigation at Thursday’s news briefing. During the hearing, Shah reported 10 cases related to the investigation.

CDC spokesperson Robert Long said state officials are assisting with case investigations and contact tracing, along with ensuring adequate supplies of personal protective equipment and testing for staff and residents.

MaineGeneral spokesperson Joy McKenna said eight residents and five staff have tested positive for COVID-19 at Glenridge, with the first cases on Jan. 15.

“We have been in constant contact with the Maine CDC and are following their protocols which include isolation and testing,” McKenna said. “We are in regular communications with all family members of the residents.”

McKenna said that residents who have tested positive are in one of the four units of the facility and are isolating in their rooms. McKenna said that COVID-19 positive residents have been placed in a cohort, and admissions and visitations, except for car visits, have been stopped. Testing and personal protective equipment use, McKenna said, has increased.

McKenna said Glenridge staff have “done a great job responding while continuing to provide the very best care for residents.”

“The staff in the unit impacted are using gowns, gloves and N-95 masks and face shields or goggles as appropriate,” she said. “We know this is a difficult time, and appreciate the support we have received from state officials, residents’ families and of course of our dedicated staff.”

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