MAINE, USA — A nurse at Waldo County General Hospital has tested positive for COVID-19.
According to a press release sent out by the hospital, the nurse is self-isolated at home and all patients who came into contact with the nurse have been notified. The hospital said it is following U.S. CDC guidelines in identifying the nurse's contacts within the hospital.
“Waldo County General Hospital is committed to the health and wellbeing of our team members and those who rely on us for care,” Mark Fourre, MD, president of Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital, said in the press release. “We have spoken with our colleagues who work with this team member and are actively tracing patient and care team member interactions per CDC guidelines. We continue to take a high level of precaution, guided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to protect our workforce and our patients.”
“Our top priorities will continue to be the wellbeing of every care team member and the health of our communities,” Fourre added.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Maine has risen to 142, with 15 people hospitalized due to the virus.
On Tuesday, Governor Janet Mills ordered all non-essential businesses in the state to close.