Sanford, Maine (WABI) – The Maine CDC is reporting new cases of coronaviruses involving funerals and receptions in the Sanford area on August 31.
There are now ten cases related to that service.
It has increased by three since Wednesday.
The funeral took place at the Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery in Springwell.
The reception took place indoors at Sanford American Legion Post 19 on Main Street, Springvale.
Additionally, individuals now confirmed with COVID-19 who attended the funeral and went to social clubs in the reception area, possibly exposing others to those clubs with the virus.
Anyone who attended the funeral or reception or went to US Army Post 19 from August 31, 2020, should monitor the signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
Those who believe they may have been exposed to the virus and / or have symptoms of COVID-19 should call their health care provider to determine if they should be tested.
Additionally, attendees of the following clubs were probably exposed to the virus on the following dates and should take similar steps:
- Sanford Veterans of Foreign War Post 9935 (outbreak opened 9/11/2020) on Hutchinson Street, Sanford, from August 24 to the present
- Laffet Social Club on Winter Street in Sanford between August 27 and September 2 (outbreak opened 9/5/2020)
- The Wolves Club on High Street in Sanford from August 26 to the present
- Bridwell Social Club in Springwell from 1 September to the present
- Sanford Elks Lodge on Elm Street in Sanford from September 3 to present
- Saintsford Post 3 airing on School Street in Sanford from 26 August to the present (Outbreak opened 9/9/2020)
These outbreaks are not linked to ongoing outbreak investigations at other sites in York County, but epidemiological investigations continue.
Individuals who believe they may have COVID-19 or may be exposed to the virus, with or without symptoms, may receive a test under a permanent order from the Department of Health and Human Services. A list of sites providing testing under the DHHS Standing Order, which includes DHHS-sponsored swabs and send to sites that offer testing at no charge, is available on the Maine Maine Healthy website. In York County, state-sponsored sites include Promerica Health located at the Maine Visitor Information Center in Kitray. It operates from 9 am to 4 pm, Wednesday, and Saturday, and Thursday and Friday from noon to 7 pm. Appointments can be made at covidtestforme.com. Additionally, Nason Health Care in Sanford is offering trials; Appointments can be made by calling 207-490-6900.
COVID-19 symptoms include cough, fever, shortness of breath, fatigue, or body pain in many others. A comprehensive list of symptoms can be found here.
Individuals who experience any symptoms of COVID-19 or who otherwise do not feel well should not attend any size ceremonies or go to work.
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