COVID-19: Updates at The Cedars

Updated January 20, 2021

The Cedars is working closely with the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as our Medical Director at MaineHealth to ensure the safety and well being of our residents. To date, there have been 34,963 positive cases of COVID-19 in Maine with 10,128 positive cases in Cumberland County.

On January 7 and 8, The Cedars tested the residents and staff on the Shapiro neighborhood at the Hoffman Center in response to the staff member who was found positive for COVID-19. Over the weekend we were informed that an additional staff person and a resident on the Black Wolf neighborhood tested positive. The resident was transferred to a COVID-19 Unit within the Black Wolf neighborhood, sectioned off from the rest of the neighborhood with designated staffing. With three cases at the Hoffman Center, the Maine CDC has determined that the Hoffman Center is currently in an outbreak. During this period, window visits will not be available for the Black Wolf residents; we will continue providing FaceTime and Zoom visits.

On January 11, we were informed that a staff person who works in The Atrium kitchen tested positive for COVID-19. The wait staff were not exposed, nor were any of the other staff at The Atrium. All staff are being tested Tuesday and Wednesday of this week and we will inform our community of any changes. This will not affect any of the day-to-day activities or programs at The Atrium. The Osher Inn remains free of COVID-19.

On November 12, the Department of Health and Human Services determined that Cumberland County is at a High-level transmission rate for COVID-19.  As a result, Inside Visitations have been cancelled until further notice. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Update: The Cedars is partnering with Walgreens to provide the COVID-19 vaccines to our community. The second vaccine clinic took place on January 11, 2021 for our nursing home residents and the staff who care for them. Once the CDC informs us that our assisted living and independent living residents and staff have been approved to receive the vaccine, we will notify residents and family immediately.

Window and FaceTime visits are available by appointment:

  • To schedule a visit with a rehab patient or skilled-nursing resident, please call the receptionist, M-F 8:30 am-4 pm at 221-7000, press option 0.
  • To schedule a visit with an Osher Inn resident, call Melissa Weber, Life Enrichment Manager at 221-7116.
  • To schedule a visit with an Atrium member, call the receptionist at 221-7100.

Please Note: There will be no visits available on Christmas Day. We will provide expanded availability during the day on Christmas Eve and on December 26 and 27.

All results of our most recent universal staff testing on December 15 and  16 were negative for COVID-19.

Each building continues to be self-contained with designated staff who are coming and going directly to each entrance. In addition, all dining rooms remain closed and group activities have been replaced with remote and one-on-one offerings. We are delivering meals directly to resident rooms/apartments. We are providing grocery shopping and pharmacy pick ups for the residents at The Atrium. Staff are wearing masks while at work, are getting screens/temperature checks prior to starting work and universal testing every two weeks. We are highly diligent about sanitizing all work and resident environments, common areas and high-touch locations.

    Learn more about The Cedars Telehealth Program here