Additional COVID-19 Cases Linked to Funeral in Sanford Area
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) reported Monday that the total number of COVID-19 cases associated with a Sanford area funeral and reception on August 31, 2020, has increased to 10. The funeral took place outdoors at the Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery in Springvale, and the reception occurred indoors and outdoors at Sanford American Legion Post 19 on Main Street in Springvale. Additionally, individuals now confirmed with COVID-19 who attended the funeral and reception went to social clubs in the area, potentially exposing others at those clubs to the virus.
Maine CDC opened outbreak investigations for the reception, which now also includes the funeral, and for multiple social clubs earlier this week. Maine CDC is notifying close contacts of confirmed cases. Epidemiological investigation determined links to cases at other social clubs. Anyone who attended the funeral or reception or went to American Legion Post 443 since August 31, 2020, should monitor for 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 whether they should be tested. Additionally, attendees of the following clubs on the following dates were potentially exposed to the virus and should take the same steps:
- Sanford Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9935 on Hutchenson Street in Sanford from August 24 to the present (outbreak opened 9/11/2020)
- Lafayette Social Club on Winter Street in Sanford between August 27 and September 2 (outbreak opened 9/5/2020)
- Wolves Club on High Street in Sanford from August 26 to the present
- Springvale Social Club on Bridge Street in Springvale from September 1 to the present
- Sanford Elks Lodge on Elm Street in Sanford from September 3 to the present
- Amvets Sanford Post 3 on School Street in Sanford from August 26 to the present (outbreak opened 9/9/2020)
These outbreaks have not been linked to ongoing outbreak investigations at other sites in York County, but epidemiological investigation continues.
Individuals who believe they may have COVID-19 or could have been exposed to the virus, with or without symptoms, may get a test under the Department of Health and Human Services' Standing Order. A list of sites providing tests under the DHHS Standing Order, which includes DHHS-sponsored swab and send sites that offer testing at no charge, is available on the Keep Maine Healthy website. In York County, state-sponsored sites include Promerica Health located at the Maine Visitor Information Center in Kittery. It operates from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, and from noon to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. Appointments can be made at covidtestforme.com. Additionally, Nasson Health Care in Sanford is offering tests; appointments can be made by calling 207-490-6900.
COVID-19 symptoms include cough, fever, shortness of breath, fatigue, or body aches among 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 go to work or attend gatherings of any size.
Maine people can protect their health and prevent the spread of COVID-19 by practicing hand hygiene, physical distancing, and wearing a face covering in public places, especially when physical distancing is difficult to maintain.
For general information about COVID-19 in Maine, contact 211 Maine by calling 211, emailing email@example.com, or texting your ZIP code to 898-211. For questions specific to cases or potential cases, individuals may also call Maine CDC at 1-800-821-5821.