The investigation at the Maplewood long-term-care facility turned up coronavirus infections in 24 of the 44 residents (that’s 55%) and in 14 out of 76 staffers (that’s 18%).
Two-thirds of the facility’s residents were at least 75 years old, and 88% of them had at least one preexisting medical condition that could have made them more vulnerable to the virus.
Six of the residents ultimately died of COVID-19. All of them were at least 60 years old and had at least one preexisting medical condition.
When all was said and done, 177 people were infected, and seven of them were dead.
To the Maine health officials who wrote the report, the lessons are clear: Wear a mask. Practice social distancing. And for goodness sake, don’t go to work when you are sick.
“Community gatherings such as weddings, birthday parties, church events, and funerals have the potential to be SARS-CoV-2 super-spreading events,” they remind readers. And the risk is higher when people gather indoors, they added — something that is likely to occur over the winter holidays.
The findings appear in Friday’s edition of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a publication of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.