Covid Update: November 12

Latest Numbers

Maine CDC is reporting a cumulative total of 172 cases of Covid-19 in Sanford and 50 in Springvale as of November 8, for a total of 222 cases in our community since the pandemic began. This is an increase of 5 cases since last week’s update. As of November 11, there are 304 active cases of Covid-19 in York County.

Margaret Chase Smith School

There have been no more positive cases identified in connection with Margaret Chase Smith School, since the one positive case was announced last week.

Rapid Antigen Testing Coming to Sanford

Free Rapid Antigen Testing for Covid-19 will be available at Walgreens throughout the state later this month, including the Sanford store. It will be a drive through, self-administered test, and results will be available within an hour. Rapid Antigen Tests can identify people who are at the peak of infection, when virus levels in the body are highest. Because they can spot those who are at greatest risk of spreading Covid-19, they are helpful in keeping the pandemic contained.

Testing for Asymptomatic Patients Moving to Waterboro

Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is transitioning COVID-19 testing for patients without symptoms from the Saco and Sanford Walk-In Centers to 10 Goodall Drive in East Waterboro, allowing SMHC Walk-In Centers in Saco and Sanford to focus on urgent & respiratory care.

The Waterboro site will only be offering testing to patients without symptoms who:

  • Need a test prior to an operation
  • Have been exposed to a case of Covid-19 but have no symptoms
  • Have returned to Maine from a high-risk location and need Covid-19 testing to shorten time in quarantine
  • Need testing to participate in school or work activities¬†

Testing will be available by appointment only by calling 490-7505.

Patients with symptoms of Covid-19, or any respiratory symptoms, can visit the Sanford Walk-In Center for an assessment, treatment, and testing if deemed necessary. To learn more, visit www.smhc.org/testing.

Testing for patients who have symptoms, or have been exposed to Covid-19, is also available at Nasson Health Care in Springvale. Call 490-6900 to make an appointment.

Grant Money Extended

The deadline for the city to expend the Keep Maine Healthy grant money has been extended to December 11. The grant money pays for the Health Educators that follow up on complaints of violations of the mask ordinance, among other things.

Need to Isolate?

Have you tested positive for Covid-19, or are you experiencing Covid-19 symptoms? Learn more about how and why to isolate here.

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