St. John Valley

NMMC sharing COVID-19 test results as virus hits the Valley

FORT KENT, Maine — The Maine CDC confirmed on Friday that the number of cases of coronavirus COVID-19 has risen from two to four in Aroostook County.

Also on Friday, Northern Maine Medical Center confirmed that the two latest positive cases were tested on patients at the Fort Kent hospital. The other two cases involved patients tested at Houlton Regional Hospital.

The NMMC website now includes statistics about local results of coronavirus COVID-19 testing.

The website is updated daily and includes information on the number of positive and negative tests performed at NMMC and Fish River Rural Health.

“To keep our community informed, we are providing daily statistics on the prevalence of COVID-19. We ask that you continue to be vigilant and follow CDC guidance for prevention of virus transmission.”

As of Friday, April 24, 108 COVID-19 tests were submitted by the two St. John Valley health care organizations, according to information provided on the website. Of these tests, 97 returned negative, two came back positive and nine were still pending results.

One Valley business responded to the confirmation of the two positive COVID-19 cases by announcing they would close their store. Bruce and Heather Bouley, owners of Grand Isle General Store, posted on their business’ Facebook page that they would be closing the store until further notice.

“Our employees, customers and our safety is important to us,” the post reads. “This is a hard decision to make but we hope you understand and continue to support us when we reopen, hopefully soon. Stay safe and God bless you.”

Staff writer Morgan Mitchell contributed to this report.

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