Maine CDC Changes Outbreak DefinitionsAs of January 2, 2022, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) is using updated definitions for COVID-19 outbreaks and COVID-19-associated deaths. COVID-19 outbreak criteria will now depend on facility type. In pre-K-12 schools, an outbreak of COVID-19 will now be defined as greater than or equal to 15% absenteeism among students or staff in a single day, where the majority of those absent are due to COVID-19 illness. For all other facility types, including but not limited to long-term care, hospital, outpatient healthcare, higher education, and businesses, an outbreak of COVID-19 is now defined as 5 or more people who have been in-person at a facility with confirmed or probable COVID-19 within a 14-day period.
A more specific FAQ was released last week to assist Group A and B Congregate Care Facility with this change in outbreak definition. MHCA strongly encourages members to closely read the FAQ. Below are some of the highlights:
Maine CDC now defines a SARS-CoV-2 outbreak as “5 or more people who have been inperson at a facility with confirmed or probable COVID-19 within a 14-day period.”
- Confirmed: At least 5 total positive cases (resident + staff) in 14 days, with at least one PCR positive in mix, PER UNIT/DEPARTMENT.
- Probable: At least 5 total positive cases (resident + staff) in 14 days, all cases are results based on antigen testing, no PCR results available, PER UNIT/DEPARTMENT.
- Regardless of outbreak status, at the identification of a positive case a facility should continue with their internal response of an exposure investigation with close contact identification, testing, instituting quarantine of patients or work restrictions of HCWs when indicated.
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