State confirms COVID-19 outbreak at a residential care center in Cape Elizabeth

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CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (WMTW) - The Maine CDC Thursday night has confirmed an outbreak of COVID-19 at a Cape Elizabeth residential care center.

57 people have tested positive for the virus at Cape Memory Care.

Cape Memory Care is a center for people with Alzheimer's Disease or dementia.

In a statement, the center said an employee told others they were not feeling well. CMC says the employee had passed a pre-shift medical screen before their last shift. When that employee tested positive, all residents and employees of the center were tested.

The center says of the 100 samples returned so far, 45 residents and 12 employees were positive.

The center also says some residents began showing symptoms Tuesday and Wednesday night.

“It is staggering how quickly and quietly COVID-19 moves, and its ability to impact people and communities that are taking every possible step to prevent it,” Cape Memory Care's Managing Member Matthew Walters wrote in a statement.

The families of those affected have been notified.

The Maine CDC says from now on, universal testing will be done at all congregant living facilities when anyone tests positive.