THORNDIKE — After only two days of school at Mount View Complex and with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention designating several cases of COVID-19 associated with the high school outbreak Tuesday, more cases of the virus have been found.

Regional School Unit 3 Superintendent Charles Brown said in an Aug. 31 letter to staff, students, and parents there are now  cases of the illness at Mount View Elementary School,  Mount View Middle School and an additional presumptive positive case at Mount View High School, on top of the three already confirmed cases previously announced.

In all of these cases, Brown said, close contacts have been or will be notified by school officials as soon as practical.

In a conversation with The Republican Journal Sept. 1, Brown said there is now one case in the elementary school and one case in the middle school that are linked through family. 

The three confirmed cases and one presumptive case at the high school are also linked, he said. The people who contracted the virus at the high school were all involved with the soccer team, Brown said. The cases at the middle and elementary schools are not linked to the four cases at the high school. 

Maine CDC is analyzing the outbreak on a case-by-case basis and providing recommendations, he said, adding, “We are keeping a very close eye on the situation.” 

In his letter, Brown said that “Even though the quarantine impact of these cases seems rather numerous, the Maine CDC is not advising us to close our schools at this time. We will continue to keep schools open, to monitor the situation in conjunction with the CDC and we will continue to communicate with families and the community as rapidly as possible.”

Brown dismissed Sept. 3 the claim that the entire sixth grade class was quarantined, saying that a large number of students were asked to stay home one day this week to facilitate contact tracing.  Since Aug. 31, he said, there have been no new cases.

People should continue to be vigilant, following Maine CDCs best practices to combat the spread of the disease, Brown said, including vaccinations for those over the age of 12.

Proper mask wearing is required on school transportation and inside any RSU 3 building. If parents have any questions, they should direct them to the child’s school principal or the district’s school health office at 568-4606.

Underscoring the progress made by the COVID-19 vaccination effort in the state, Northern Light Health officials said Wednesday, Sept. 1, in a media briefing that of the 47 patients currently being treated for the virus across their network of hospitals, 44 were unvaccinated. Of the 26 patients in intensive care units, 25 were unvaccinated. And all nine patients on ventilators were unvaccinated.