long-term care

DAVID GOLDMAN / AP PHOTO

Residents of nursing homes account for more than half of all deaths from COVID-19 in Maine, one of only a handful of states that share that distinction.

A retirement community in Portland called Ashton Gardens is confirming a cluster of COVID-19 cases. In a statement to Maine Public, a spokesperson for the facility’s parent company, Hawthorn Senior Living, says four residents have tested positive for the virus.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

Maine long-term care facilities continue to experience outbreaks of COVID-19. The Maine Center for Disease Control reported Thursday that Falmouth By the Sea is the fifth such facility to be hit with multiple cases.

Charles Beck / Maine Public

Cases of COVID-19 at a Belfast long-term care facility have nearly doubled, and a new outbreak has been identified at a nursing home in Augusta, according to the latest update from the Maine CDC.

David Goldman / AP Photo

The Maine Center for Disease Control is now prioritizing COVID-19 test results for residents and employees in long-term care facilities and nursing homes. The change marks a departure from federal guidelines, which had originally ranked testing in such facilities as a lower priority. But the change comes amid concern that the federal test ranking was ignoring the risk of infection in nursing homes to both residents and staff.