DEER ISLE — A nursing home on the island is in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak and the Maine National Guard has been called in to help.
The Island Nursing Home and Care Center has 35 residents and 13 staff who have tested positive for the virus, according to Senior Executive Director Matthew Trombley. He said Monday they are working with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and plan to do additional facility testing on Wednesday.
A post on the nursing home’s Facebook page said staffing is at a critical level with a large number of staff out.
“Two service members began augmenting the facility staff there on November 29th and they will continue to do so for seven days, assisting with cleaning and sanitizing to help create the safest possible environment for staff and residents there,” said Maj. Carl Lamb, Maine Army Guard spokesman.
This is the third time the Maine guard has been called into action to help with COVID-19 outbreaks at nursing homes. The first time was at Tall Pines in Belfast and they also assisted at Cape Memory Care in Cape Elizabeth earlier in the year.