Maine CDC opens investigation into Rockland COVID-19 cases

Thu, 10/08/2020 - 3:30pm

    AUGUSTA — Dr. Nirav Shah said Oct. 8 in his twice-weekly presentation to Maine concerning the status of COVID-19 in the state that the Maine CDC is investigating six cases occurring at the Lonza Group, in Rockland.

    Lonza Rockland is part of the Switzerland-based and publicly-held Lonza Group, which has labs, production centers and offices throughout the world, including Rockland.

    Lonza  develops and manufactures products used in molecular and cellular biology research. Products include gels, media and specialized equipment for the study of DNA, RNA and Proteins. Customers include universities, hospitals, biotech and pharma companies, and government organizations worldwide.

    The Rockland site joins a list of other investigations that CDC has under way outlined by Shah, Oct. 8. He also public announcement concerning a series of hockey games over a two-day period where a referee infected with COVID-19 came into contact with players in October. The eight games took place on Oct. 3 and 4, in Biddeford, North Yarmouth, and Laconia, New Hampshire.

    Concerning workplace-based outbreaks, Dr. Shah said the CDC works to determine, “whether the transmission occurred at the workplace or was it just detected and actually occurred somewhere else.”

    He said the CDC has seen that, “over and over, folks who work together often congregate outside of the workplace.”

    The CDC attempts to determine, “where the transmission occurred.”