The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention this week opened outbreak investigations at Clover Health Care, a long-term care facility in Auburn, and at the Paris Town Office.

Another staff member at Rumford Community Home has tested positive for COVID-19, adding to an outbreak there.

Two residents and one staff member at Clover Health Care tested positive this week, spokeswoman Sarah O’Sullivan confirmed Wednesday. The three cases are confined to one assisted living unit and all three were fully vaccinated when they tested positive.

In addition to an assisted living unit, Clover has an independent living center, preschool and other services.

O’Sullivan said residents in that unit have not yet received booster shots but are scheduled to get them through their pharmacy provider, Walgreens, in the coming weeks.

A resident went to the hospital for an unrelated emergency earlier this week, where the individual tested positive. The additional cases were identified through contact tracing and additional testing.


On Wednesday, Paris Town Manager Dawn Noyes said the town offices will remain closed through at least Oct. 26 after several employees contracted COVID-19.

Noyes did not provide any other details, except that more than three employees tested positive.

The outbreak at Rumford Community Home, an 84-bed skilled nursing and assisted living facility in Oxford County, grew by one more case, Central Maine Healthcare’s long-term care division president, Peter Wright, said Wednesday.

Central Maine Healthcare is the parent company of Rumford Community Home.

The outbreak began Oct. 7 and to date, 36 residents and 12 staff members have tested positive. Wright said three residents, and possibly a fourth, have died from complications due to the virus. There are positive cases in all four units at the facility.

This is the first time Rumford Community Home has experienced an outbreak, he said.

This is at least the fourth outbreak at Clover Health Care. As of July, at least 176 residents and staff have tested positive and 19 have died from COVID related to outbreaks there since March 2020, according to ProPublica.

The majority of the current outbreak investigations are at schools, Maine CDC spokesperson Robert Long said Tuesday.

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