FARMINGTON – Four Franklin Memorial Hospital staff members tested positive for COVID-19 under conditions the Maine Centers for Disease Control were classifying as an outbreak, according to a sick press release. Institute announced on Friday night.
All four staff members, described as members of the hospital care team who worked in different areas of the hospital, tested positive for respiratory disease and are currently quarantining themselves. . Those cases are considered an indication that the virus has “rooted itself”; in Franklin County, the FMH statement said.
“They worked in different areas of the hospital and it is believed that these cases are a sign that the coronavirus has taken root in Franklin County,” the statement said, “so far there have been few cases. more disease than elsewhere, more difficult to attack than parts of Maine. The CDC has classified these cases as an outbreak, however they are unlikely to be quarantined or confined to the hospital because of the increasing coronavirus. occurs in more rural areas of Maine. “
Maine has seen an increase in positive cases over the past few days, with 103 additional cases reported on Friday. The 7-day positive rate, a function of the positive cases for the total test mass, increased to 0.83%. During the entire pandemic, Franklin County saw only a small fraction of about 6,500 reported cases statewide, according to Maine CDC data, which recorded 80 positive cases. That state has recorded one case of a Franklin County resident’s death from COVID-19, as well as 68 recovery cases.
“This means we will all have to raise vigilance if we want to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our communities,” Trampas Hutches, president of Franklin Community Health Care, includes Franklin Memorial, said. “We urge everyone in the community to wear mouth and nose masks whenever they are indoors with people outside of their immediate household. This should happen even if everyone is more apart.” six feet. “
FMH is working with CDC to test all potential people exposed to the virus. The hospital is also reviewing related policies, such as where staff gather for recess.
“Positive cases are not expected to pose a significant risk to the patient, as hospital staff has consistently used protective devices to minimize transmission,” FMH’s said in its statement. “.
The hospital also emphasized that people continue to be vaccinated for the flu and disregard other medical problems. The FMH remains open to all services, with the statement indicating that “extended protocols” have been in place to keep the patient safe, including full body masks, routine cleaning and areas. is indicated for the treatment of patients with potential COVID-19.
In addition to wearing a mask, the CDC recommends that people practice good hand hygiene and keep surfaces clean. People concerned they may have been exposed to COVID-19 or experienced symptoms of infection – including fever, chills, sore throat, difficulty breathing, unexplained muscle pain, a new cough, loss of taste or smell feeling, stuffy or vomiting or diarrhea – call their primary care provider for advice about testing, treatment, and isolation.
“So far, Maine has done a lot better than the rest of the country in controlling the spread of this virus, and fortunately for our community, it’s not yet universal,” Hutches said. just like in Franklin County. Every sign of that is beginning to change. It is important that we take this threat seriously by wearing a mask and practicing social distance. “