Web exclusive, November 30, 2020
McDonald responds to COVID-19 outbreak on Deer Isle
Following the recent announcement of a COVID-19 outbreak at the Island Nursing Home in Deer Isle, Rep. Genevieve McDonald, D-Stonington, released the following statement:
There is a significant outbreak at the Island Nursing Home in Deer Isle and heightened precautions against community spread should be taken immediately. Please continue to be vigilant in limiting gatherings, maintaining social distancing, wearing masks in public spaces, practicing superb hand hygiene and utilizing testing and contact tracing. The most effective action we can take is staying home when possible.
Our island community is a place where people look out for one another. Please join me in continuing to do our best to protect ourselves and our loved ones, and in keeping the families affected by COVID-19 in your thoughts. We are best able to keep our community safe by being open, honest and caring for each other. I am grateful to the administrators and staff of the Island Nursing Home for their dedication to caring for our residents and loved ones during this challenging time.
According to the CDC, Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, sore throat and loss of taste or smell. If you feel ill or believe you may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please stay home from work or school until you are able to be tested. A complete list of testing locations throughout the state can be found on the Keep Maine Healthy website or by calling your local medical provider: maine.gov/covid19/restartingmaine/keepmainehealthy/testing. In addition to our medical providers, Walgreens locations in Blue Hill and Ellsworth are offering rapid result testing. The incubation period for COVID-19 is generally 3-7 days after exposure so it may be necessary to be tested repeatedly. Please maintain a list of people you have been in contact with and customers who have been served by your businesses. Guidance for businesses can be accessed on the website for the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development: maine.gov/decd/covid-19-prevention-checklists. Island Family Medicine and Blue Hill Family Medicine are available to answer any questions or concerns people may have about COVID-19.
McDonald is serving her second term in the Maine House and represents the Cranberry Isles, Deer Isle, Frenchboro, Isle au Haut, North Haven, Southwest Harbor, Stonington, Swan’s Island, Tremont, Vinalhaven and Marshall Island Township.