COVID-19 Update, June 16: Visitation Safety Measures at Mid Coast Hospital

Mid Coast Hospital revises visitor policy in response to evolving COVID-19 pandemic

This policy is an update to the Visitation Safety Measures imposed on Friday, March 20, 2020 and were most recently updated on March 8, 2022. This latest update will take effect on June 16, 2022, and shall remain in effect until further notice.

Inpatient visitors/escorts are permitted on the Mid Coast Hospital campus between 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily as follows:

  • Inpatient/Critical Care: One visitor at a time during visiting hours.
  • Pediatrics: Two parents/guardians allowed in all areas at all times.
  • Obstetrics: One spouse/coach can be present at all times for labor and delivery admission. One additional visitor at a time during scheduled visiting hours.
  • Emergency Department: One family member/caregiver is permitted to accompany patients who are in a private room. Pediatric patients may be accompanied by two parents/guardians. Exceptions may be made for care plan discussions as arranged with the care team or for end of life or as needed for care plan discussions.
  • Patients on Palliative Care/Comfort Measures: There may be two visitors at a time for up to two hours/day, with times to be managed by the care team. Family members may present to the hospital for planned meetings with the medical team to discuss goals of care as needed.
  • End of Life in Any Inpatient Area: Up to four family members may visit patients likely to expire within 24 hours (all areas), with visit times to be managed by the care team.
  • Patients in Isolation for COVID-19 Infection or Being Evaluated for COVID-19 Infection: No visitors except for End of Life.

Outpatient areas:

  • Outpatient Surgery and Procedural Areas (Surgical Services, Surgical Suites & Digestive Health Center): Adult patients should arrange for drop-off unless they require special assistance. A family member/caregiver may be invited into the care area near time of discharge to discuss care and assist in discharge. Exceptions can be made in advance for patients who do not live locally. Pediatric patients may be accompanied by two parents/guardians.
  • Ambulatory/Diagnostic Areas: Adult patients may have one family member/caregiver join them at ambulatory visits. Pediatric patients may be accompanied by two parents/guardians.
  • Prenatal Ultrasounds: Patients having a scheduled prenatal ultrasound may have one family member present for the ultrasound.

Visitors will not be allowed in any units with an active COVID-19 outbreak.

Patient Discharges: Family/caregivers may come in to care area near time of discharge to discuss care and assist in discharge.

Patients Requiring Special Assistance: Patients in any care setting who need help, such as with mobility or communications with the care team about their medical history or care, may be assisted by an adult escort to provide the needed assistance or support if absolutely necessary.

Mid Coast Hospital urges you to be up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccination before visiting patients or others in the hospital. COVID-19 vaccinations, including booster shots, will help keep you and your loved ones safe while visiting.

Visitor/Escort Requirements

  • All visitors/escorts are subject to screening for COVID-19. Visitors/escorts with any COVID-19 symptoms will NOT be allowed to enter the Mid Coast facilities.
  • Visitors/escorts must 1) perform hand hygiene prior to entering and upon leaving the patient’s room/care area; and 2) all visitors over age 2 must wear a mask at all times in the facility.
  • Visitors may not go to any locations in the facility other than the room of the patient they are visiting. Hospital café seating is closed to visitors at this time.