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COVID-19 March 9 Update: As 17 new deaths spanning November to March are reported, cases seem to level off

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People are seen in line for COVID-19 vaccinations at Northern Light's Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. The hospital said about 1,000 people were inoculated, including 400 healthcare workers and 600 people aged 70 and over. People are seen in line for COVID-19 vaccinations at Northern Light's Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. The hospital said about 1,000 people were inoculated, including 400 healthcare workers and 600 people aged 70 and over. (edge photo by Mike Fern)

(EDITOR'S NOTE: For reporting purposes, case counts are actually tabulated the prior day and those tabulations are often adjusted up or down. This is due to Maine CDC investigators determining which actual new or current cases may not qualify to be classified as COVID-19 cases, especially when it comes to probable cases. Some days are actually adjusted upward, while cases are more often revised downward upon subsequent investigations. Therefore, The Maine Edge uses adjusted net figures first when determining actual daily variances instead of the number of newly reported cases that may end up not qualifying or being adjusted. In the case of a prior day's figures being revised upward, both will be included since the prior day was underreported.)

DAILY UPDATE: Current information as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 9 with CDC data as of 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 8. Some figures have been updated due to newly obtained data.

AUGUSTA - New cases related to COVID-19 continued to post more moderate gains on Tuesday when 133 new cases were reported across the state, which brought Maine’s total case count above the 46K mark to 46,059. Following two straight weeks of week-over-week increases, the increases over Monday and Tuesday fell by about 40 from the previous week’s two-day span, according to data from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC).

While new cases continue to rise more modestly compared to a month ago when they ranged from 300 to over 400 per day, the uptick seen the last two weeks reversed a five-week span that saw new cases plummet from a record peak of 830 in a single day on Jan. 12 – that week alone saw 4,261 for the seven days ending Jan. 16. Since then, new cases dropped to as low as 972 for the week ending Feb. 20, levels not seen since early November, before trending back upward the past two weeks.

Still, daily gains the past few weeks have largely kept below 200 since Feb. 10 with even a couple of days of double-digit increases – figures not seen since 92 cases were reported for Nov. 7 with holidays excluded. February had been on track for about 5,400 cases by mid-month, but the month ended with 5,236 in total, nearly matching but keeping below November’s total of 5,294 as the surge began. March is on track to see a similar case load of around 5,200 if not lower.

While February let up from months of surging cases and high positivity rates, January’s record-setting tally of new cases was not so rosy. The start of 2021 saw an aggressive spike in cases stemming from the holidays, and January surpassed December’s then record of 12,937 cases by Jan. 26 and finished with a new high of 14,652. December itself had more new cases than the rest of 2020 combined and blew past November’s total of 5,294 cases in just 15 days.

The highest seven-day span recorded to date continues to be the period between Jan. 8-14 that saw 4,377 cases.

The drops in both new and active cases are backdropped by the Maine CDC’s announcement in early February that the B.1.1.7 Variant, also known as the United Kingdom Variant, had been discovered in a resident from Franklin County, marking the first case of the new strain in Maine. Dr. Nirav Shah, director for the Maine CDC, said on Feb. 16 that a second case had been detected in a resident in York County.

Last Thursday, Shah announced during a press briefing that the B.1.351 Variant, also known as the South Africa Variant, has also been detected for the first time in Maine among a resident in Cumberland County.

“We’ve just detected the first instance of that variant in Maine,” Shah said Thursday. “Detecting variants of this sort is not unexpected. Because Maine ranks among the top states in the percentage of positive samples that we do sequence, it’s not unsurprising that we would find them.”

State health officials reported 17 new deaths on Tuesday, which pushed Maine’s death to 723. According to Robert Long, communications director for the Maine CDC, the deaths ranged as far back as on in November 2020 with the other 16 occurring in a span from Jan. 25 to March 1. He said the deaths were confirmed though death certificates filed between Feb. 17 and March 4.

The deaths included seven women and 10 men, one of whom was in their 50s – marking the 31st death in that age range – while three were in their 60s, one was in their 70s, and 12 were aged 80 and older. The individuals were from Androscoggin, Aroostook, Cumberland, Franklin, Kennebec, Oxford, Penobscot, Sagadahoc and York counties.

In all, Maine has seen 295 deaths thus far for 2021 with 223 of those in January while 70 occurred in February and two so far in March – both January and February were revised upward due to the newly reported deaths. There were 428 for all of 2020.

While deaths have slowed since considerably since January, a concerning trend in Maine and many other states is not when or how deaths have occurred but rather where they are happening. Due to the nature of their residents, more than half of Maine’s deaths continue to occur in nursing, long-term and congregate care facilities. According to data obtained by The Maine Edge last week, 369 of the state’s deaths – or about 51 percent – have occurred in those settings (see table below) despite having only 14 percent of all cases to date. And some of those locations have had more than one outbreak.

For example, Seal Rock Healthcare in Saco has experienced 126 cases if COVID-19 over three separate outbreaks in May, August and the latest one that began Dec. 8 and was finally closed Feb. 8. The facility has suffered the most deaths in Maine, and 22 of its 25 deaths resulted during the latest outbreak. Similarly, the Portland Center for Assisted Living had an outbreak in late June and another that began in mid-December, with the latter outbreak resulting in all of the facility’s eight deaths until it was closed by the Maine CDC on Feb. 11.

Another facility that has experienced one of the higher death tolls in Maine, Durgin Pines in Kittery, had all 13 of its deaths tied to a second outbreak in October – its first was back in May. Others experiencing multiple outbreaks that have resulted in deaths a second time around include Clover Health Care in Auburn, which has the greatest number of cases in Maine with 172 and all 12 of its deaths occurring in its second outbreak that began Nov. 12 and was finally closed Feb. 15. Orono Commons also had a second outbreak that began Dec. 31 – its first was back in July – and 12 of that facility’s 15 deaths happened during the second outbreak that was finally closed Feb. 23.

One of state’s larger nursing and rehab centers, Barron Center in Portland, suffered an outbreak early on in May and was able to conclude that one with no deaths. However, that facility now has 106 cases in its current outbreak that began Nov. 21 and all 12 of the center’s deaths have occurred during the latest outbreak.

Others that have suffered deaths during subsequent outbreaks include Pine Point Center in Scarborough with four, and Springbrook Center, Oak Grove Center and Marshwood Center with one each.

In January, Shah announced new outbreak investigations at The Cedars in Portland and Winterberry Heights in Bangor, both of which had previous outbreaks in 2020. Winterberry Heights had three of its 12 deaths occur during its second outbreak that officially closed Feb. 4, while The Cedars had no deaths in its second round that ended Feb. 21. On Feb. 9, he announced a second outbreak at Tall Pines in Belfast, which saw its first outbreak in April 2020 and luckily suffered no deaths in its newest outbreak that closed Feb. 24.

When looking at overall deaths in just single outbreaks, Pinnacle Health in Canton, Island Nursing Home in Deer Isle and Caribou Rehab and Nursing have had higher death tolls at 14 each.

And while the coronavirus contributed to those deaths, the overall health of patients in those facilities did as well. With 86 percent of all deaths in Maine occurring in individuals over the age of 70, residents of such facilities are the most at risk from both a health and age perspective, and many deaths have occurred in those with underlying or comorbid conditions.

With 223 deaths, January topped December’s then-record of 197, which itself was the deadliest month of 2020. November was second highest last year with 83 deaths, while April was third at 51 when the first wave of infections spread in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities across the state.

At the other end of the spectrum, October ended up with only five deaths for the month, marking the lowest death toll so far despite being deeper into the pandemic compared to earlier months. March, representing the beginning of the pandemic’s tracking by the Maine CDC, is second lowest at eight. May is now the fifth highest month so far at 37 deaths and July had 18 deaths overall while both August and June saw 10 each. Despite an outbreak stemming from a wedding in Millinocket that began spreading in the middle of August, September ended ninth highest with only nine deaths that month.

The highest single-day report continues to be the 41 deaths reported on Jan. 8 that dated back to 2020.

As January eclipsed December for most new cases, November is third highest with 5,294 while February ended up fourth with 5,242. To round out the rest of 2020, October moved to fifth with 1,271, May is sixth highest with 1,195 cases, while June is seventh with 929 and September is a close eighth at 856. April is ninth with 778, July is 10th at 653, August is a close 11th with 623, and March remains the lowest month with 342 total cases when tracking began.

Although December broke records last year as the coronavirus surged across the state, the end of 2020 also brought some relief as vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna began to be distributed across the state. With the new Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine coming online, 430,790 vaccinations have been conducted across the state with 156,174 of those representing second doses. According to data from the U.S. CDC, Maine has administered about 86 percent of the 503,580 doses the state has received, and over 20 percent of Maine’s population has received at least a first dose to date including about 74 percent of those aged 70 and over.

In an effort to maximize distribution, Gov. Janet Mills announced Feb. 26 that vaccines would be expanded to those aged 60 and over beginning March 3, and on March 3 she added that school staff and childcare providers would also be eligible. While supply continues to be the driving constraint in expanding further, the Maine CDC said evidence suggests that age is the primary predictor of serious infection and death and the vaccines have been shown to be effective against the U.K. Variant. The state just placed its first order of the new Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, which has been shown to be just as effective if not greater against the new variants.

As cases surged in January, so did hospitalizations. According to the Maine CDC, those currently in the hospital hit a new record on Jan. 13 when 207 were hospitalized that day, but that figure has since dropped dramatically to 75 on Tuesday as cases have generally declined. Those currently in ICUs and on ventilators also hit new peaks on Jan. 20 when 71 were listed in ICUs with 37 on ventilators, but those figures have dropped back as well to 21 and seven respectively on Tuesday. Overall, hospitalizations have been consistently higher since the surge began in October - there were only 17 hospitalized on Oct. 24 - and Maine’s hospitalization rate is running at about five per 100,000 people. 

As those in ICUs and on ventilators have risen since October, available ICU beds across the state have gone down accordingly. The state currently has 104 ICU beds available and that figure has been creeping higher toward the 129 beds that were available just before the surge began in late October as both cases and outbreaks have declined.

In total, there have been over 400 outbreaks investigated by the Maine CDC since tracking began in March, according to Long. When more than 165 new outbreak investigations were launched in December alone, Shah said that forced state health officials to make the decision back then to only track those cases falling into certain categories including: those aged 18 and younger; those aged 65 and older; cases involving health care workers or first responders; those falling into a heavily burdened demographic; those with disabilities; residents and staff of certain congregate care settings; and those in schools or childcare facilities.

And many of those outbreaks have hit close to home, which has also driven cases upward in Penobscot County with outbreaks at Winterberry Heights, Westgate Center for Rehab, Orono Commons and other such facilities.

It took nine months for Penobscot to cross the 1K-mark when it did on Dec. 2, but it took less than a month to more than double that figure when cases topped 2,000 on Dec. 30 and then only 20 days to add a thousand more by Jan. 19. Now more than a month later, cases topped the 4K mark on Friday and stood at 4,081 cases on Tuesday – that’s more than 13 times higher than the 300 cases the county had when the surge began on Oct. 29. The explosion of cases in December and January were reminiscent of the increases seen in Maine’s other populous counties of Cumberland, York and Androscoggin, but it came much later as Penobscot County only had 52 new cases for all of October while September only recorded 29. November eclipsed the 86 new cases reported in August due to a wedding outbreak in Millinocket where 178 individuals who tested positive across the state were linked to the event, but December was by far the highest for all of 2020.

According to the zip code breakdown, which was updated March 3 with data as of Feb. 28, nearly all communities not reporting in ranges experienced increases. The Bangor/Hermon/Glenburn area had the largest increase with 28 new cases to bring the zip’s total case count to 1,165. Brewer closely followed with 20 new cases, while both Old Town and Orono also rose by double digits with 13 and 12 respectively.

Percentagewise, however, Levant grew at a greater rate with a 9.21 percent jump, followed by Old Town at 8.23 percent and Brewer with 7.97 percent. Howland, which reports in a range rather than actual numbers, rose by 30 cases – or 157 percent, but that was due to that zip code moving up to the next range.

All other towns in Penobscot County either had single digit increases or no change in cases. In all, most towns in Penobscot County have experienced more muted gains the past few weeks as new cases continue to decline across the state.

Below is a breakdown by town:

Cases by town in decending order 24-Feb 02-Mar +/- %
Bangor/Glenburn/Veazie/Hermon 1137 1165 28 2.46%
Orono 293 305 12 4.10%
Brewer 251 271 20 7.97%
Hampden 212 216 4 1.89%
Old Town 158 171 13 8.23%
Dexter 140 142 2 1.43%
Lincoln 121 122 1 0.83%
Holden 99 104 5 5.05%
Millinocket 99 100 1 1.01%
Charleston* 99 99 0 0.00%
Corinth 93 96 3 3.23%
Levant 76 83 7 9.21%
Newport 79 81 2 2.53%
Milford 70 72 2 2.86%
Carmel 62 65 3 4.84%
Corinna 63 65 2 3.17%
Orrington 63 65 2 3.17%
Eddington 54 56 2 3.70%
Bradford* 49 49 0 0.00%
Bradley* 49 49 0 0.00%
Dixmont* 49 49 0 0.00%
E Millinocket* 49 49 0 0.00%
Etna* 49 49 0 0.00%
Greenbush* 49 49 0 0.00%
Howland* 19 49 30 157.89%
Hudson* 49 49 0 0.00%
Kenduskeag* 49 49 0 0.00%
Lee* 49 49 0 0.00%
Medway* 49 49 0 0.00%
Patten* 49 49 0 0.00%
Plymouth* 49 49 0 0.00%
Stetson* 49 49 0 0.00%
Burlington* 19 19 0 0.00%
Exeter* 19 19 0 0.00%
Garland* 19 19 0 0.00%
Lagrange* 19 19 0 0.00%
Mattawamkeag** 19 19 0 0.00%
Springfield* 19 19 0 0.00%
Stacyville* 19 19 0 0.00%
West Enfield* 19 19 0 0.00%
*Towns reporting in a range. **Reporting in a range, new to 5-plus tracking list

Since the Maine CDC is no longer closely tracking all active or unresolved cases due to capacity constraints, it has been hard to accurately estimate that figure. However, using criteria of the rise in cases over a 14-day incubation period less deaths over that same period would approximate active cases. 

Considering that none of the 87 deaths that have occurred in Penobscot County took place in the last two weeks since Feb. 22 (an incubation cycle) and cases rose by 269 over that same period, the county’s net active or unresolved case count was estimated at 269 on Tuesday. While that figure is less than half of its peak of 652 calculated on Jan. 21 at the height of the surge, it’s still about eight times higher than the 33 active cases at the end of October, a month where active cases hovered around 18 before rising toward the end of the month as the surge began. September averaged around 15 active cases, while August ranged as high as 52 active cases calculated on Aug. 21 and as low as 19 on Aug. 13 before the Millinocket outbreak was discovered. In comparison, there were only seven active cases at the beginning of July.

While Penobscot County didn’t see the early cases that York, Cumberland and Androscoggin did, the county has had its share of growth since August due to the wedding and other outbreaks at long-term care facilities. Penobscot moved to fourth highest and overtook Kennebec County, which had suffered several major outbreaks early in the pandemic including the Augusta Center for Rehabilitation where 77 people came down with COVID-19 and eight died. Kennebec has continued to see large outbreaks at such facilities, including Gray Birch Senior Care in Augusta where 106 people were infected and 12 died before that outbreak was officially closed on Jan. 14.

However, the surge since October has affected nearly all of Maine’s counties and outbreaks have continued to be a major contributor (see chart below). Cases in Kennebec County rose by over 136 percent in November and by a similar amount in December but dropped back to fifth highest as Penobscot County surged at a greater rate with outbreaks of its own. Still, Kennebec has kept pace with Penobscot in crossing the 1K-mark on Dec. 7 and the 3K mark on Jan. 27. There were 37703 cases there as of Tuesday.

York County, however, continues to be one of the state's two main hot spots. With only 15 percent of the state's population, the county has the second-most cases in the state and the highest incidence of cases per capita than Maine’s other 15 counties. Now over 13 times higher than its case count of 689 back in August when the Millinocket wedding outbreak began, many of the state's outbreaks have since occurred there including the deadliest one at Seal Rock, and York has continued contributing an average of about 20 percent of all new cases the past few months.

But it’s not just York. Waldo, Washington, Somerset, Knox, Hancock, Oxford, Aroostook and especially the more populous Cumberland and Androscoggin counties have all at least doubled - some up to eight times - their case counts since the surge began. In contrast, Piscataquis County, which has the lowest case rate in the state, has added just 323 new cases in the four months since Nov. 2 and the county didn't suffer its first and only COVID-19 death until Nov. 27. Sagadahoc County was then the only Maine county without a COVID-19-related death until its first one Dec. 21 and remained at one until the four new ones were reported Feb. 25. Lincoln had one for the longest time until adding one on Feb. 25 as well.

In terms of raw numbers, Cumberland County, which crossed the 10K-mark on Jan. 20 and added 2,000 new cases by Feb. 16, remains the hardest hit county in the state with 12,957 cases. York is second highest at 9,771 in topping 7K mark on Jan. 14 and adding 2,000 more in less than a month on Feb. 12. And with 4,917 cases, Androscoggin County is still third highest after topping the 3K mark on Jan. 6 and the 4K mark in just 17 days on Jan. 23. However, cases there have slowed compared to Cumberland and York.

Statewide, Tuesday’s cumulative figures showed 1,580 of all cases required hospitalization or are currently hospitalized - including 185 in Penobscot - and 12,859 have been officially deemed resolved although that figure is intentionally meaningless due to the narrowed contact tracing guidelines. Using the same criteria as above, the state experienced 2,344 new cases since Feb. 22 and nine deaths in that same time frame. Using those figures, the estimated statewide net active or unresolved case count stood at 2,335 on Tuesday, up about 300 from two weeks ago. Estimated active cases hit a peak of 7,947 calculated on Jan. 20 after ending 2020 with 6,449 as of New Year’s Eve.

In contrast, November began the month with 821 active cases before ending over three times higher at 2,558. October ranged from a high of 756 on Halloween to as low as 398 on Oct. 14. September's high mark of 501 active cases was recorded Sept. 24 while its low point was 389 calculated Sept. 8. Likewise, August had a similar gap between its high and low points when there were 300 active cases calculated on Aug. 10 before the Millinocket wedding outbreak was discovered, and when it reached its peak of 399 on Aug. 30 as the outbreak progressed.

July also saw a lot of variability in net active cases, which began the month at 431 before dropping to as low as 296 for three days spanning July 13-15. To put that variability into perspective, consider that the lowest record for active cases since the peak in April continues to be the 293-case count recorded on May 1. Active cases had been showing a steady decline from April's peak until it surged again in mid-May when a rash of outbreaks began occurring in long-term care facilities across the state.

Since then, well over 300 new outbreaks in either congregate, long-term care or employer settings (see table below) have consistently kept average active cases above 400 from the beginning of June until the triple-digit spikes began on Oct. 29. The Maine CDC is currently monitoring 2,643 of those active cases under its Sara Alert contract tracing system. In all, 57,629 people have been enrolled in the contact tracing program since the pandemic monitoring began in March.

A trend that has been growing here in Maine and across the nation, however, is the decline of the case mortality rate. At the height of new case growth that occurred in May, which began the month at 1,122 and ended with 2,319 total cases by the time June arrived, the mortality rate among those cases hovered at around 5.1 percent after reaching as high as 5.42 percent on May 3. It was during that time when outbreaks were occurring in nursing homes and other long-term-care settings (see table below) and many of the deaths at the time were among those residents.

Yet as the months have progressed since the pandemic began and cases have continued to rise, the case mortality rate has not kept up - in fact, it's gone the other way. Taking the two newly reported deaths on Sunday into account, Maine's case mortality rate dropped to 1.57 percent. That figure is down by 106 basis points from the beginning of October when it was 2.63 percent, and down by 74 basis points from 2.31 percent on Oct. 28 before the surge began. In all, the case mortality rate is less than a third of what it was in May and that trend is playing out across the country as well.

Nationally, cases have topped 29.07 million across the U.S. and the death toll Tuesday stood at 527,341 after crossing the grim milestone of 500K on Feb. 22, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. Nearly every state has seen cases drop dramatically the past few weeks, and the case mortality rate across the nation has mirrored Maine's experience and been dropping since the pandemic began. It was about 6.2 percent back in May, 5.6 percent a month later in June, 3.9 percent in mid-July and 3.16 percent by mid-August.

And despite deaths being at record paces across the U.S. in January as cases surged, that figure was 1.81 percent on Tuesday, down similarly by 105 basis points since the beginning of October when it stood at 2.86 percent. By comparison, Brazil, the country with the third largest case rate but the second largest death toll, has a case mortality rate of 2.42 percent.

The data indicates new cases are not translating at the same percentage to deaths as before. And while Maine's case mortality rate is faring better than the nation's, the trend seems to confirm both Maine CDC and national reports that healthier younger people are now getting infected and therapeutics are helping the older demographics.

Still, the older and unhealthier you are matters – most deaths in Maine are occurring in those over aged 70 and most of them are still occurring in long-term nursing home or healthcare settings. And it is of course impossible to determine what the actual infection mortality rate is, which is different than the case mortality rate. A July study by the U.S. CDC Covid-19 Response Team said infections across the country may have been up to 10 times greater than what was reported from March to May since some people were asymptomatic or had mild symptoms and never reported their sickness or simply recovered.

Long said last week that 4,078 of Maine’s cases involve healthcare workers, which was about 8.9 percent of all cases in Maine. The ratio of cases involving healthcare workers has historically ranged from an average of 9-13 percent the past few months.

About 1,649,732 PCR Molecular (active RNA swab) tests, 14,278 antibody tests and 215,360 Antigen tests have tested negative, while 880 antibody tests have tested positive as of Tuesday. Including tests that were deemed positive or indeterminate, over 1.9 million tests have been conducted across the state as of March 4 - those figures are only updated Monday through Friday.

According to Shah, Maine's seven-day PCR positivity rate ticked upward to 1.44 percent on Tuesday as cases crept upward last week, although that figure went as high as 4.15 percent in mid-December. As it stands, Maine's current positivity rate is still about triple the 0.42 percent recorded on Oct. 17 before the surge began. Shah said previously that Maine's positivity rate still compares favorably to the national rate of about 5.3. He added that the positivity rate for the Antigen test was running higher at about 4.0 percent, which was up from 3.1 percent last week.

Maine continues to be in the top half of the nation in its testing rate, which hit an all-time high of 780 per 100,000 several months ago but stood at about 615 per 100,000 people as of Tuesday. If you factor in the testing volume for the Antigen tests, however, Maine is sitting at about 768 per 100,000 with both tests combined. That compares to about 422 per 100,000 nationally.

Infections have topped 117.4 million worldwide, and deaths crossed the 2 million mark on Jan. 15 to stand at 2,607,782. Along with the U.S., cases spiked in Asia, South America and Europe the past three months, with Europe in various stages of lockdowns as cases exploded there.

India topped the 11-million mark on Feb. 21 and is second only to the U.S. with 11.21 million cases. Brazil topped 10 million on Feb. 18 and is third highest with 10.9 million. The United Kingdom, which topped the 4-million mark on Feb. 10, now has 4.23 million. Russia, meanwhile, crossed the 4-million mark on Feb. 13 and moved to fourth highest last week over the U.K. with 4.27 million.

Other nations that topped a million cases include France with 3.96 million, Spain with 3.15 million, Italy with 3 million, Turkey with 2.78 million, Germany with 2.5 million, Colombia with 2.27 million, Argentina with 2.14 million, Mexico with 2.12 million, Poland with 1.79 million, South Africa with 1.52 million, Ukraine with 1.44 million, Indonesia with 1.37 million, and Peru with 1.36 million. 

Both the Netherlands and Czechia were the latest to cross the million mark on Feb. 3, but Czechia quickly moved ahead with 1.32 million cases compared to the Netherlands’ 1.13 million.

U.S. officials believe China - where the virus originated - and Iran continue to report suspect numbers. However, Iran crossed the million mark on Dec. 3 to total 1.68 million cases on Tuesday.

In all, there have been over 395 identified outbreaks and about 14 percent of all cases have occurred in congregate, long-term care or workplace settings. Out of Maine's 706 deaths, 369 - or about 52 percent - have involved residents from long-term care facilities, and several locations have had repeated outbreaks. Although this is not a complete list, below is a breakdown of Maine's larger outbreak investigations of 10 or more or those of less than 10 that involved a death. Due to the massive increase in new investigations, many of the smaller outbreaks have been taken and will remain off the list.


Open and closed outbreaks Residents Staff/other Deaths Total
100 State Street - Portland 20 0 0 20
Abbott Laboratories - Scarborough 0 29 0 29
AD USA (Hannaford) - Winthrop 0 21 0 21
Augusta Center for Rehabilitation 48 29 8 77
Barron Center - Portland* 72 34 12 106
Bella Point - Bridgton 48 9 8 57
Bella Point - Freeport 9 1 0 10
Big Moose Inn - Millinocket 0 55 0 55
Birchwoods at Canco - Portland* 5 10 1 15
Bristol Seafood - Portland 0 19 0 19
Brook House 6 10 0 16
Brooks Pentecostal Church/School 0 60 0 60
Calvary Baptist Church - Sanford 0 10 0 10
Cape Memory Care - Cape Elizabeth 61 24 7 85
Cape Seafood - Saco 0 10 0 10
Caribou Rehab and Nursing 52 37 14 89
Central Maine Medical Center 15 0 0 15
Cianbro Construction 0 40 0 40
Clover Health Care - Auburn* 88 84 12 172
CN Brown - South Paris 0 10 0 10
Coastal Landing - Brunswick 8 2 0 10
Coastal Shores - Brunswick 11 12 1 23
Community Regional Charter School - Cornville 0 17 0 17
Consigli Construction - Scarborough 0 10 0 10
Country Village Assisted Living - Casco 28 14 3 42
Crossroads Calvary Epistolic - Morrill 0 23 0 23
Deeper Life Assembly Church - Pittsfield 0 11 0 11
Dexter Healthcare 42 42 8 84
Durgin Pines - Kittery* 54 34 13 88
Eastern Maine Medical Center - Bangor 8 50 0 58
Eastside Rehab & Living Center - Bangor 50 22 1 72
Edgewood Rehab - Farmington 17 4 1 21
Eldredge Lumber Yard - York 0 13 0 13
Enclave of Scarborough 10 8 0 18
Falmouth by the Sea - Falmouth 45 30 4 75
Falmouth House 9 9 4 18
Family Shelter - Portland 16 0 0 16
Flood Brothers Farm - Clinton 0 13 0 13
Granite Bay Care - Seven sites in total 20 12 0 32
Gray Birch Senior Care - Augusta 70 36 12 106
Halldale Manor - Farmingdale 23 7 2 30
Hancock Foods - Ellsworth 0 13 0 13
Hawthorne House - Freeport 35 18 4 53
Highview Manor - Madawaska 42 39 5 81
Hillside Terrace - Hallowell 13 4 0 17
Hope House - Bangor 18 4 0 22
Houlton Ambulance Service - Houlton 0 11 0 11
Huntington Common - Kennebunk 39 32 8 71
Husson University - Bangor+ 0 91 0 91
Island Nursing Home & Care Center - Deer Isle 62 38 14 100
John F. Murphy Home - Auburn 12 0 0 12
Katahdin Health Care 29 14 0 43
Kennebunk Center for Health & Rehab 58 22 1 80
Kidspeace of New England - Ellsworth 0 17 0 17
Klearview Manor - Fairfield 14 9 0 23
Lakeview Terrace 12 9 0 21
Lewiston Police Department 0 16 0 16
Little Lambs Learning Center - Springvale 0 11 0 11
LL Bean - Freeport 0 17 0 17
Lucette Boarding Home - Thomaston 13 4 0 17
Maine Maritime Academy - Castine+ 0 30 0 30
Maine Veterans Home - Scarborough* 34 32 13 66
Maine Veterans Home - South Paris 26 17 5 43
MaineGeneral Glen Ridge Rehab - Augusta 24 6 0 30
Maplecrest Rehabilitation Center - Madison 25 15 7 40
Market Square Health Care - South Paris 76 42 5 118
Marshall Health Care - Machias  18 11 1 29
Marshwood Center - Lewiston* 45 28 5 73
Mercy Home - Eagle Lake 35 22 5 57
Merrill Farms - Wells 0 13 0 13
Mid Coast Senior Health Ctr - Brunswick 0 10 0 10
Mount St. Joseph's - Waterville 15 18 0 33
ND Paper - Rumford 0 24 0 24
New Communities Biddeford Estates 53 12 5 65
Newton Center - Sanford 44 36 7 80
Oak Grove Center - Waterville* 20 11 1 31
Orchard Park Rehab & Living - Augusta 20 10 1 30
Orono Commons - Orono* 65 50 15 115
Oxford Street Shelter - Portland 31 10 0 41
Pam's Playcare Daycare - Sidney 0 10 0 10
Pat's Pizza - Portland 0 22 0 22
Pine Point Center - Scarborough* 23 12 5 35
Pinnacle Health & Rehab - Canton 92 51 14 143
Pinnacle Health & Rehab - S. Portland 1 2 1 3
Pinnacle Health & Rehab - Sanford 15 11 2 26
Port Resources - South Portland 7 5 0 12
Portland Center for Assisted Living* 33 53 8 86
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard - Kittery 0 18 0 18
Presque Isle Rehab & Nursing 13 12 6 25
Proctor and Gamble - Auburn 0 13 0 13
Ready Seafood - Saco 0 11 0 11
Ross Manor - Bangor 0 11 0 11
Rumford Community Home - Rumford 0 10 0 10
Russell Park Rehab & Living - Lewiston 82 74 6 156
Sandy River Center - Farmington 46 19 6 65
Sanfield Rehab & Living Center - Hartland 20 16 4 36
Sanford High School - Sanford 0 18 0 18
Seal Rock - Saco* 74 52 25 126
Seaside Rehab & Healthcare - Portland* 4 8 0 12
Second Baptist Church - Calais 0 27 0 27
Sedgewood Commons - Falmouth 41 18 10 59
Sentry Hill - York 11 6 2 17
Shaw House Geriatric Care - Biddeford 16 7 0 23
Southridge Rehab - Biddeford 1 13 0 14
Springbrook Center - Westbrook* 60 38 10 98
St. Andre - Biddeford 32 9 1 41
St. Joseph Rehab & Residence - Portland 54 34 7 88
Sunrise Opportunities - Machias 4 6 1 10
Tall Pines - Belfast* 36 16 13 52
The Cedars Assisted Living - Portland* 13 12 4 25
The Highlands - Topsham 22 3 5 25
The Inn at Village Square - Portland 26 14 4 40
The Meadows - Greene 13 2 0 15
The Mooring on Foreside - Cumberland Foreside* 4 5 1 9
The Wardwell Assisted Living - Saco 32 13 1 45
Tyson Foods - Portland 0 55 0 55
University of Maine System+ 0 290 0 290
Washington Manor - Washington 22 13 1 35
Westgate Center for Rehab - Bangor 64 37 3 101
Windham Correctional Facility - Windham 118 13 0 131
Winterberry Heights - Bangor* 25 12 9 37
Woodland Memory Care - Rockland 10 2 0 12
Woodland Pulp - Baileyville 0 19 0 19
Woodlands Senior Living - Farmington 57 6 3 63
Woodlands Senior Living - Rockland 27 9 1 36
York Hospital - York 0 59 3 59
York County Jail - Alfred 48 34 0 82
Total 2859 2827 369 5686

(*Denotes facilities that have had more than one outbreak. +Denotes cases detected through sentinel on-campus testing. Table data courtesy of Maine CDC as of 11:59 PM Feb. 25, 2021)

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