Web exclusive, December 7, 2020
COVID-19 cases at Island Nursing Home reach 90
by Leslie Landrigan
The number of COVID-19 cases tested positive at the Island Nursing Home (INH) reached 90 as of Sunday, December 6, according to Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), in a virtual news conference on December 7.
Shah said there were 59 cases among residents and 31 among the nursing home’s staff. INH has about 60 residents and about 85 staff, according to Matthew Trombley, executive director. The nursing home has brought in temporary staff to fill in for sick or absent employees, and state agencies are helping with infection control and testing.
“They are facing extremely difficult challenges,” Shah said. He also said Maine CDC has had a number of productive conversations with the nursing home administration.
“They are doing everything they can,” he said. Shah did not say whether or how many of the COVID-19 patients showed symptoms of the disease.
The number of people affected by the coronavirus at the nursing home has risen from six who tested positive on the day before Thanksgiving. At least three nursing home residents with COVID-19 have died.