COVID-19 Update, November 18: Visitor Restrictions

The new rules, which prohibit most visitors aside from specific exceptions, are effective immediately for Mid Coast Hospital locations and Mid Coast Medical Group practices and clinics.

In response to the increased risk of community spread of COVID-19 in Maine, Mid Coast Hospital is limiting visitors.

At this time, visitors are limited to family members who are essential to the patient’s physical or emotional wellbeing and care. These restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.

As of November 18, at Mid Coast Hospital (including the Emergency Department, Walk-In Clinic, and Mid Coast Medical Group practices), inpatients only are allowed limited visitation between 10-11:30 a.m. and 4:30-6 p.m. Other visitor considerations are outlined below:

  • Pediatrics: Two parents/guardians at a time allowed in all areas.
  • Obstetrics/Maternity: One spouse/coach allowed.
  • Critical Care Area: Two visitors daily between 10-11:30 a.m. or 4:30-6 p.m., with one visitor per 90-minute block. Visit times to be managed by the care team.
  • Other Inpatient Areas: One visitor daily between 10-11:30 a.m. or 4:30-6 p.m. Visit times to be managed by the care team.
  • End-of-Life Patients: Up to four family members allowed to visit patients likely to pass away within 24 hours, with visit times managed by the care team. Permission may not be extended longer than 24 hours.
  • Patients in Isolation for COVID-19 or COVID-19 Evaluation: No visitors permitted except for end-of-life patients.
  • Patients Requiring Assistance: Patients requiring mobility help that cannot be provided by the hospital/outpatient location staff, or patients who require communications assistance with their care team, may be helped by an adult escort to provide the needed aid, with necessity to be determined by the care team.

For visits to outpatient practices, the Lab, or Diagnostic Imaging, patients are asked to please come alone or arrange for drop-off/pick-up unless special assistance is required. Exceptions may be made in advance for patients who do not live locally

Visitors are not allowed to wait in the Emergency Department.

At discharge, patients will be brought to an appropriate entrance for pick-up.

All visitors are subject to screening. Visitors/escorts with respiratory symptoms will not be allowed to enter Mid Coast Hospital facilities. Visitors/escorts must:

  • Perform hand hygiene prior to entering and leaving the patient’s room/care area.
  • Wear a visitor identification sticker and a mask that covers their mouth and nose at all times in the facility.
  • Remain at least 6 feet away from the patient at all times.
  • Avoid going to any locations in the facility other than the patient’s room. The Café and other spaces are closed to the public at this time.

Infectious disease experts recommend social distancing as a way to help contain the spread of COVID-19. While the vast majority of people infected with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms and make a full recovery, COVID-19 can be very serious for vulnerable populations, especially older people with underlying health conditions.

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