ELLSWORTH — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed on Aug. 26 it had opened an investigation into a COVID-19 outbreak at nursing facility Seaport Village.
Five staff members and three residents tested positive this week for the coronavirus, said Robert Long, the Maine CDC’s director of communication.
The facility is now closed to visitors and is undergoing testing for all staff and residents per Maine CDC guidelines for nursing facilities.
Seaport Village is operated by First Atlantic Healthcare, which has 17 assisted living, nursing home and rehabilitation facilities throughout Maine. Results of past staff COVID-19 testing are published at firstatlantic.com/employee-testing, although the information had not yet been updated for Seaport Village as of the afternoon of Aug. 26.
According to First Atlantic Healthcare’s COVID-19 protocol, the frequency of unvaccinated staff testing is based on community COVID-19 activity and county positivity rates, although any staff member, vaccinated or unvaccinated, must immediately be tested if showing COVID-19 symptoms.
If community COVID-19 activity is high, and the county positive rate is higher than 10 percent, unvaccinated staff must be tested twice a week. For medium COVID-19 activity, with county positivity rates in the past week of 5-10 percent, testing is once weekly. Vaccinated staff are not required to undergo routine testing.
Prior to the outbreak, First Atlantic Healthcare listed one positive case among 669 tests at Seaport Village in 2021.
The American was unable to immediately reach First Atlantic Healthcare for comment.