There have been at least 60 coronavirus cases linked to an outbreak in Waldo County, a Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention spokesperson said Monday.
That’s up from 57 cases on Friday and 17 about a week ago. One person linked to that outbreak has been hospitalized, according to Robert Long, a Maine CDC spokesperson.
The outbreak spreading through Waldo County has been linked to Brooks Pentecostal Church and its Lighthouse Christian Academy. It likely began on the weekend of Oct. 2, when between 100 and 150 people gathered for an indoor fellowship service at the church, according to the Maine CDC. Masks were available but not routinely used.
Other cases linked to that outbreak have been reported at the Captain Albert W. Stevens School in Belfast, the Ames Elementary School in Searsmont and Mount View Elementary School in Thorndike, as well as at Bayview Manor, a residential care facility in Searsport where an employee tested positive.
As of Monday, there have been 148 coronavirus cases reported in Waldo County, according to the Maine CDC.