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Maine CDC investigates COVID-19 outbreak at a Brunswick residential care facility

A sign pointing to the Dionne Commons Assisted Living facility in Brunswick. C. Thacher Carter / The Times Record

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a COVID-19 outbreak related to the Dionne Commons Assisted Living facility in Brunswick.

According to Ryan Rousseau, the assistant director of Financial Operations for Rousseau Management, the outbreak at the facility began nearly two weeks ago and all more than 20 residents and staff who tested positive were vaccinated.

Dionne Commons is a 60-bed facility on Maurice Drive owned and operated by Rousseau Management Inc. According to Rousseau, there are 53 residents. Symptoms were minimal and similar to a cold, Rousseau added, stating that the company continues to stock PPE such as jackets, N-95 masks, booties, face shields, gloves and masks to help reduce the spread. Rousseau said staff will not continue to work after testing positive for COVID-19.

“Since our outbreak started nearly two weeks ago, our team at Dionne Commons has done an amazing job of working together to get the covid outbreak out of the facility and keep our residents safe,” Rousseau wrote in an email, adding “These are unprecedented times and without teams like Dionne Commons, it would be extremely difficult to get through situations like this without outside help.”

Maine CDC Communications Director Robert Long wrote in an email on Tuesday that the investigation opened Nov. 11. As of Nov. 12, the most recent data the CDC had available was 22 cases of COVID-19 among residents and seven cases among staff, Long said.

“Maine CDC employees have been in contact with administrators there to offer testing, infection control counseling and other support,” Long wrote.

At the Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick, 19 patients were treated for COVID-19 on Tuesday. Of those 19, six had been vaccinated, four were in intensive care and one was on a ventilator.

In a COVID-19 community update released Monday, hospital officials continued to urge Midcoast communities to follow COVID-19 protocol en route to the holiday season.

“This high community transfer rate and spike in hospitalizations is even more concerning as we enter the holiday season. We cannot stress enough the importance of following CDC-recommended safety protocols, including social distancing, washing your hands, and wearing a mask. This is not the time to be wary,” the update reads.

On Tuesday, The Portland Press Herald reported 1,089 cases of COVID-19 over a three-day period. On Monday, The Press Herald reported that hospital admissions in Maine hit another record high of 300 people.

As of Tuesday, 116,948 cases of COVID-19 have been reported statewide, resulting in 1,300 deaths. In Cumberland County, 23,932 reported cases and 250 deaths.

As of Tuesday, just over 71% of eligible Maine residents had received a final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Maine CDC.

In Brunswick, the CDC estimates that 99% of eligible residents have been vaccinated.

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