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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Updates

MaineHealth hospitals are well-prepared for infectious disease outbreaks in the communities we serve. You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (also known as novel coronavirus) by staying informed and following safety recommendations.

Read more: https://mainehealth.org/healthy-communities/coronavirus

News of the increased spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has prompted concern about the risk of transmission in our Midcoast community. Mid Coast Hospital is working to ensure that our patients and employees are kept as safe and protected as possible from the COVID-19 virus.

We are prepared and responding appropriately and proactively following World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Our staff is educated on how to safely screen and care for patients who seek medical attention for symptoms associated with COVID-19.

As your local healthcare system, Mid Coast Hospital remains committed to caring for the health of our community. We continue to monitor the progression of the COVID-19 virus daily. The hospital holds drills on a regular basis for these types of situations, and these plans can be implemented should the situation escalate.

Mid Coast Hospital Main Entrance Closed

In order to better coordinate patient access during the COVID-19 outbreak, Mid Coast Hospital’s Main Entrance is currently closed.

  • Patients with an appointment at our Medical Office Building, 121 Medical Center Drive: please continue to use the Medical Office Building main entrance.
  • All other outpatient visits including surgery, lab, and diagnostic imaging should use the South Entrance, located to the left of the Emergency entrance.
  • The Emergency entrance will be used for visitors needing emergency medical attention only.

All entrances will be screening individuals and have wheelchair availability and greeters available to assist those with mobility concerns.

Outpatient Services: Cancellations and Changes

As part of our response to the emerging COVID-19 outbreak, Mid Coast Hospital has temporarily changed the availability and location of some of our outpatient services.

Note that in all facilities, patients and visitors will be screened upon entering. This means a care team member will ask a series of screening questions, including whether you have a fever, a new cough in the last 14 days, shortness of breath, a sore throat or a runny nose. Sick individuals will be re-directed to an appropriate point of care.

Laboratory:

  • The laboratory service center at Bath Internal Medicine remains open with expanded offerings to accommodate patients impacted by closures.
  • The laboratory service centers at Topsham Internal Medicine and Brunswick Primary Care Downtown at Brunswick Station are temporarily closed to the public.
  • The lab at Mid Coast Hospital’s Parkview Campus is available for medical oncology and Family Practice patients only.
  • The Mid Coast Hospital Laboratory at 123 Medical Center Drive is temporarily reserved for in-patient needs.
  • Routine, non-essential laboratory tests should be postponed.

Elective Procedures & Non-Essential Visits:

Mid Coast Hospital is suspending elective medical procedures and postponing non-urgent office visits. This includes non-urgent surgical procedures, non-essential outpatient visits, Diagnostic Imaging and rehabilitation appointments. Impacted patients will receive a phone call from the hospital or practice. Click here to read more.

Mid Coast Medical Group

  • The providers of Mid Coast Medical GroupTopsham Internal Medicine have relocated to Mid Coast Medical Group-Bath Internal Medicine, located at 108 Centre Street in Bath.
  • The providers of Mid Coast Medical GroupBrunswick Primary Care have relocated to Mid Coast Medical GroupFamily Practice at Parkview, located at 329 Maine Street in Brunswick.
  • Patients requiring Coumadin management will be seen at Mid Coast Medical GroupPhysiatry & Pain Management located at 81 Medical Center Drive.
  • Some providers have been temporarily reassigned to care for acute care needs at Mid Coast Hospital.
  • In order to improve access while reducing exposure, telephone and Telehealth consultations are available in our Walk-In Clinic and Primary Care practices. Learn more.

Maternity

Pediatrics

  • Pediatric walk-in hours at Mid Coast Pediatrics are not currently available. Please call the practice for an appointment: (207) 721-8333.
  • The Mid Coast Pediatrics office located at 81 Medical Center drive is temporarily closed. The providers will see non-respiratory ill patients at 121 Medical Center drive only.
  • Children with fever, cough, or cold symptoms should call the office for screening and direction to an appropriate point of care. If your child needs to be evaluated, he/she will be seen at Mid Coast Medical GroupTopsham Internal Medicine, located at One Wellness Way in Topsham.

Additional Updates

  • Health Information Management is not accepting walk-ins for medical record requests at this time. Please call (207) 373-6277 to speak with a Release of Information Representative who will be able to assist with your request.

 

Information for Patients

If you are experiencing symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath, please call your primary care provider before coming to the practice, Walk-In Clinic, or Emergency Department. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 9-1-1. Calling first ensures you will get the best care possible while keeping others safe. Our providers will use the most recent screening guidelines to assess whether or not you should be tested.

Visitor Restrictions

In response to the increased risk of community spread of COVID-19 in Maine, Mid Coast Hospital is limiting visitors beginning Friday, March 20. Click here to read more.

Recommended Precautions

We recommend the following precautions to prevent and prepare for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases:

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Do not touch your face (especially mouth, nose, or eyes) with unwashed hands
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Keep cleaning supplies on hand at home, in your workspace, and in your automobile so you can routinely wipe frequently used surfaces and hands
  • Begin to prepare as you would for a predicted snow storm, by stocking up on nonperishable food and supplies that will allow you to stay at home if you or a family member is sick.

Please note: the CDC does not recommend that people in public areas wear masks to protect themselves from COVID-19 or other respiratory illnesses. The only people who should wear a mask are people who are sick with respiratory illness or healthcare workers who are caring for sick patients.

Resources

For the most recent information at all times, check credible websites such as the coronavirus pages maintained by Maine CDC (www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/) and U.S. CDC (www.cdc.gov).


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