COVID-19 Update, March 11: Visitor Restrictions at Mid Coast Hospital

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

Recognizing the importance of visitors to the wellbeing of patients, Mid Coast Hospital is relaxing visitor restrictions on visitors, but many restrictions are still in place.

The new policy is somewhat less strict than the one that went into effect December 4, 2020, when COVID-19 cases in Maine began to spike. Left in place, however, are restrictions on the number of visitors, dependencies on the care setting and patient’s condition, and limits on the areas of a facility where visitors can go. Family and friends should check with the patient’s medical caregiver if they have questions regarding visitation.

All visitors and escorts must:

  • Perform hand hygiene prior to entering and upon leaving a patient’s room/care area;
  • Wear a mask at all times in the facility; and
  • Not go to any locations in the facility other than the room of the patient they are visiting. The Hospital Cafe is closed to visitors.

The new visitor policy took effect on March 11, 2021, and applies to all Mid Coast Hospital facilities until further notice. Visitors/escorts are not permitted in Mid Coast Hospital facilities except under the following circumstances:

  • Pediatrics: Patients may be accompanied by two parents/guardians.
  • Obstetrics: One support person/coach.
  • Inpatient/Critical Care: One visitor daily between 10 to 11:30 am or 4:30 to 6 pm.
  • Patients on Palliative Care/Comfort Measures: Two visitors daily, once per day.
  • Emergency Department: One person permitted to accompany patient.
  • End-of-Life Patients: Up to four family members allowed to visit patients likely to pass away within 24 hours.
  • Patients in Isolation for COVID-19 Infection or Being Evaluated for COVID-19 Infection: No visitors except for End of Life.
  • Outpatient Surgery, Procedural Areas, Ambulatory/Diagnostic Areas: Adult patients should arrange for drop-off and pick-up unless they need 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, with such necessity to be determined by the care team.

For the full policy, please visit: www.mainehealth.org/Patients-Visitors/Visitor-Restrictions.