CASTINE — A week after reports that several people among a group visiting nearby Nautilus Island tested positive for COVID-19 after returning home to New Orleans, state officials confirmed that seven out-of-state visitors tested positive after visiting the Castine area.
Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), also said Monday that “a single individual, himself an out-of-state resident but (someone who) spends time in Castine” had tested positive. The investigation is ongoing and the CDC is in close contact with local officials, Shah said.
Jim Huger owns the island, which is in the town of Brooksville but is usually accessed by boat from Castine.
“I have spoken with the authorities about what happened and that is all I can comment on,” Huger told The American.
“It would be foolhardy to believe that this event was the first time that this virus has been in our community and even more foolhardy to think that this will be the last time that it will happen,” Town Manager Shawn Blodgett said in a statement June 24. “Using this thought as a guide, I ask the community to stay calm and recommit to safeguarding yourself and taking care of each other.”
Kate Cough contributed to this report.