A residential care center for people with Alzheimer's and dementia in Cape Elizabeth is currently dealing with 57 cases of COVID-19, among staff members and residents.

Cape Memory Care currently has 45 residents and 12 staff members who have tested positive for the virus. Administrators were first alerted by a staff member who informed them on Tuesday that they had tested positive for COVID-19. They had passed pre-shift medical screening prior to their last shift and were showing no symptoms the last time they'd worked in the community. Once administrators were told the staff member had the virus, universal testing was conducted within the facility, per Maine CDC guidelines. The result was that 45 out of 66 residents tested positive, as well as a dozen staff members. The facility has a staff of 35.

Managing Member Matthew Walters said, in a media release announcing the outbreak, "It is staggering how quickly and quietly COVID-19 moves, and its ability to impact people and communities that are taking every possible step to prevent it." He says a plan is being implemented to deal with the outbreak. "The health and safety of our residents continues to be our top priority."

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