In the June 2020 file photo, Milk St. is closed to traffic as Petite Jacqueline, an Old Port restaurant, expands dinner service onto the street. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that new COVID-19 outbreaks have been detected at three Portland-area businesses. Credit: Nick Schroeder | BDN

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The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that new COVID-19 outbreaks have been detected at three Portland-area businesses.

American Roots, a manufacturing company in Westbrook, has 11 detected cases of the disease, Nirav Shah, director of Maine CDC, said Thursday. The company, which normally makes clothing and blankets with custom-order logos for customers, shifted its production in March when the pandemic hit to start making personal protective equipment to fight the spread of the disease.

Maine CDC is now working to determine whether the employees caught the virus at work or out in the community, Shah said. 

Three cases have been detected at Corsetti’s restaurant, also in Westbrook, and three more at the Goodwill distribution center in Gorham, Shah said. 

In a message posted on its website, Corsetti’s officials say the restaurant has closed temporarily “out of abundance of caution” after one of its staff members tested positive for COVID.

“Above all, we value the health of our community,” the statement said. “During this closure, we will be thoroughly disinfecting and staff members who may have had exposure will be tested.”

Operations at all three locations have been suspended and Maine CDC opened contact tracing  investigations at each one, according to Shah.

BDN reporter Charles Eichacker contributed to this story.

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