COVID-19 Update: Protocols to Ensure Safety for All

Greetings to our community, and we hope this message finds you well. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we would like to keep our community apprised of Mid Coast–Parkview Health’s response.

This week, we would like to remind you our organization is here to care for anyone who needs it during these unprecedented times. Maintaining the health and safety of our staff, patients, and community members is always our highest priority, and each of our facilities have implemented enhanced safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In addition to universal masking and social distancing measures continuing at all facilities, Mid Coast–Parkview Health has implemented a number of other protocols to ensure safety for all. These measures include screening all care team members for symptoms of COVID-19 and keeping them away from the workplace for testing and quarantine if they show symptoms, as well as testing all patients scheduled for inpatient or outpatient procedures for the virus.

Additionally, non-COVID-19 areas are established throughout our facilities, which are staffed with dedicated care team members. Patients will be tested pre-operatively for COVID-19 if their recovery could be affected by the progression of an asymptomatic infection. Lastly, since June 1, all patients admitted to Mid Coast Hospital have been tested for COVID-19 regardless of whether or not they exhibit symptoms. This process will continue for the foreseeable future.

Though COVID-19 has understandably caused a lot of anxiety for everyone, please know you are safe receiving care at Mid Coast–Parkview Health. If you would rather not leave the house, our providers also offer telehealth visits, which allow you to be seen by a provider from the comfort of your home. If your provider thinks you should be seen in person, he or she will refer you to the appropriate setting.

Telehealth visits are also available at the Mid Coast Hospital Walk-In Clinic located in downtown Brunswick. Throughout this pandemic, our Walk-In Clinic has been here, with emergency-trained providers delivering expert care for minor medical concerns. The Walk-In Clinic is fully integrated with Mid Coast Medical Group practices and provides rapid, coordinated care with Mid Coast Hospital’s Emergency Department if needed. As always, if you are experiencing a medical emergency, dial 9-1-1.

We would also like to remind you that if your doctor has ordered a lab test, you can feel confident that our Laboratory Service Centers can safely meet your needs during this time. Laboratory service centers at the Parkview Campus, Mid Coast Medical Group–Topsham Internal Medicine, and Mid Coast Medical Group–Bath Internal Medicine are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and offer online check-in ahead of appointments to avoid extended wait times.

As the state’s economy continues its phased re-opening process and the weather gets warmer, we ask our community to remember that we remain in the midst of an unpredictable pandemic. Though the past four months have been strange and stressful for all, staying home as much as possible, wearing a cloth face covering while out in public, practicing physical distancing, and washing hands regularly continue to be crucial. Wearing a face mask is especially important in places where physical distancing is difficult, such as grocery stores or retail settings.

We continue to appreciate the ongoing support of our remarkable community, and we hope you have a wonderful week.