A Maine nursing home worker completed her shift despite virus symptoms. Now 7 residents are dead. – Boston.com

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September 23, 2020 | 10:00 AM

MADISON, Maine (AP) — An employee at a nursing home where a coronavirus outbreak has killed seven residents worked an overnight shift while she had COVID-19 symptoms, a newspaper reports.

The certified nursing assistant at Maplecrest Rehabilitation & Living Center in Madison documented her symptoms — a sore throat, cough, chills and muscle aches — in a written log but apparently didn’t tell her supervisors, and supervisors apparently didn’t review the log, the Bangor Daily News reported. She tested positive for the coronavirus a few days later.

A coronavirus outbreak to which the employee is believed to have contributed has since infected at least 39 residents and employees, and seven residents have died.

It’s one of several secondary outbreaks linked to an Aug. 7 wedding in the Katahdin region that’s responsible for about 180 cases of COVID-19 across the state.

Maplecrest had passed an inspection in July, but the nursing home was cited for the Aug. 11 lapses following a series of follow-up inspections in late August and early September, the newspaper reported.

An official with Maplecrest’s parent company didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment on Wednesday.

In other news related to the pandemic in Maine:

Another 38 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the state, the Maine Center for Disease Control said Wednesday.

The total number of confirmed cases is more than 5,100, the Maine CDC said. The number of deaths remained 140. The average number of new cases per day increased to 34. It was 29 a week ago.


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