The Hope House Health and Living Center on Corporate Drive in Bangor, Maine.

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A second person who visited the Hope House shelter in Bangor has tested positive for COVID-19, a spokesman said.

Officials confirmed the case earlier this week, although the shelter doesn’t believe the person caught the virus from the first shelter guest who tested positive on Saturday, April 18, said Dan Cashman.

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“The second case is unrelated to the first case,” he said.

Both people are isolated at area hotels, which, from here on, is how the shelter plans to quarantine anyone who contracts the coronavirus while experiencing homelessness in Bangor, Cashman said.

April 18 marked the first reported case of the virus among Bangor’s homeless population, a group that is vulnerable to infection because they spend time in congregant settings, such as shelters, where there is a high risk of transmission. They are also more likely to have underlying health issues, which could exacerbate their sickness if they fall ill.

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Callie Ferguson

Callie Ferguson is an investigative reporter for the Bangor Daily News. She writes about criminal justice, police and housing.