West Yarmouth is dealing with a sudden outbreak of COVID-19 at a long-term care facility, where 33 people still tested positive for the highly-contagious virus.
Maplewood at Mayflower Place in Cape Town previously tested positive on July 10 – and that number has now risen to 24 residents and nine employees, according to the state’s Department of Public Health.
State officials say most residents at the senior living space have been vaccinated, and are either asymptomatic or have only mild symptoms. All are being offered monoclonal antibody therapy.
The DPH says testing is ongoing, and state health officials continue to monitor and support it.
State officials have been on the spot since July 13.
The DPH notes that this has been onsite “at various long-term care facilities throughout the Cape”, as the number of cases continues to rise and “breakthroughs” among immunization cases spread to the more-contagious “delta variant”.
“Most nursing homes in the Commonwealth report no new cases among residents or staff,” DPH said in a statement. “Last week, only 6 facilities reported new positive staff and/or resident. All these 6 facilities reported only 1 to 2 cases in a period of 7 days.
As of last month, 88% of nursing home residents and 73% of staff have been fully vaccinated. The delta variant, which now accounts for more than 80% of cases in the US, has shown greater potential to breach the protection offered by vaccines, although such cases are almost always mild.
DPH also noted that there have been two staff cases filed by RegalCare in Harwich, where state officials are also helping.
Long-term care facilities were suppressed by the virus before vaccines were abundant. The coronavirus ran rampant in such facilities, causing many of the state’s deaths.