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Two test positive at Tall Pines

By Fran Gonzalez | Apr 07, 2020
Source: Facebook

Belfast — A Tall Pines staff member and a resident at the nursing facility, known as The Commons, have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

An April 7 Facebook post read, “In the interest of transparency, we feel it is important to inform you all that we have had two members of our Commons family test positive for the COVID-19 virus.”

In a conversation with The Republican Journal, Marketing Director Charndra Michaud of The Residence at Tall Pines confirmed two people, one a member of the staff and the other a resident, both tested positive. Michaud did not say, however, where the tests were performed or indicate the health of the two individuals.

The Facebook statement went on to say Tall Pines is working closely with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention “to ensure that we take every possible precaution to keep our residents and staff safe.”

Tall Pines has begun testing higher-risk residents, as well as placing on temporary leave those staff members who have been at a higher risk of exposure, the announcement said.

Following is the full announcement posted on Facebook:

"COVID-19 UPDATE:

"Dear Tall Pines Community Members,

"In the interest of transparency, we feel it is important to inform you all that we have had two members of our Commons family test positive for the COVID-19 virus. One positive test was from a member of our staff while the other was from a resident. We are now working closely with the CDC to ensure that we take every possible precaution to keep our residents and staff safe.

"We have begun testing of higher risk residents as well as placing staff members who have been at a higher risk of exposure on temporary leave. We will take other precautions and give further updates as this situation evolves.

"If you have a loved one at either Tall Pines building, please feel welcome to call with any questions you may have."

A call to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention was not immediately returned.

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