A person associated with the Mount View Elementary and Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19.

In a Feb. 1 letter to staff, family and students, Regional School Unit 3 Superintendent Charles Brown said the district health office received notice this morning about the new COVID-19 case.

There is a possibility other staff or students may have come in contact with this individual, Brown added, and may have been exposed to the virus.

This letter comes after a Friday, Jan. 29, districtwide notice was issued because of another positive COVID-19 case associated with Morse Memorial Elementary School in Brooks.

Prior to that, Mount View High School reported a case Jan. 13, and on Monday, Jan. 11, Maine CDC notified Brown to say it was opening an investigation into the string of COVID-19 cases at  the Mount View Complex and deemed the facility an outbreak site.

In a conversation with The Republican Journal, Brown said enough time had elapsed without a positive case that the complex is no longer considered an outbreak site.

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention defines a COVID-19 outbreak as the occurrence of three or more confirmed cases within 14 days in people from different households, with an epidemiological link to a single facility or event.

"We've been fortunate the contacts have been minimal," Brown said, and added the new recent cases will not affect the overall school schedule.

In his letter, Brown encouraged people to monitor themselves and their students for signs and symptoms and to call a health care provider if symptoms start. It is also important that people call a health care facility before showing up in person and stay home if they are sick.

Questions for the school can be directed to the RSU 3 health office by calling 568-4606.