Kittery Nursing Home Closes COVID-19 Unit After 14 Deaths
On the same day it logged its 14th coronavirus-related death, a nursing home in Kittery announced it no longer houses any active cases of COVID-19.
The news is bittersweet for Durgin Pines, a long-term care facility just over the Maine-New Hampshire border, which had been ravaged with COVID-19 for several weeks.
Ultimately, Durgin Pines experienced 50 total cases during the outbreak, according to a spokesperson with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those 50 cases, 26 were among staff members.
In recognition of there being no active COVID-19 infections at the facility, Durgin Pines posted on Facebook that it had closed its COVID-19 unit as of Tuesday after 39 days of operation.
"We are not ‘out of the woods’ yet," the post read, "but we are excited to announce that our COVID unit is empty today."
The Facebook page has continued to post photos of some residents who have recovered from the virus. In the photos, residents hold signs displaying some of their life accomplishments and relating them to their respective victories over the coronavirus.