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COVID-19 Update: Safely Following the Latest Guidelines

We hope this week’s community update finds you well. On April 28, Governor Janet Mills unveiled her plan to gradually reopen the state’s economy in a four-phase process. The first phase of the plan is scheduled to begin today. It continues the prohibition of gatherings of more than 10 people and also requires all Mainers to wear cloth face coverings in public places where physical distancing is difficult, such as grocery stores and pharmacies.

In light of this, we would like to relay CDC guidelines regarding masks. During the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the general public should wear a cloth face covering or homemade mask while in these public spaces. The mask should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, cover your mouth and nose, use ear ties or loops to hold it in place, include multiple layers of fabric, and allow for breathing without restriction. Masks should be washed after use in a hot water wash and dried in the dryer on a hot cycle, and should not be used on children under 2 years of age. More information on mask guidelines and the different types of masks is available here: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/documents/Which-Mask.pdf.

As part of her plan, Governor Mills has also extended the stay-at-home order until May 31. This means all Mainers should continue to stay home unless they need to leave for an essential job or errand, such as getting food or medicine. When in public, in addition to wearing cloth masks, you should be maintaining a distance of at least six feet from other people. Everyone should also wash their hands regularly for 20 seconds with soap in water, and avoid touching their face, including while wearing a mask.

This pandemic has been an understandably difficult time for all. However, even as Maine shows signs of "flattening the curve,” it is crucial that everyone continues practicing physical distancing measures and following CDC guidelines for the foreseeable future. Pandemics are unpredictable, and taking all precautions is just as necessary now as it was six weeks ago.

In order to ensure that we are meeting the health needs of our patients, next week, Mid Coast–Parkview Health will start to resume time-sensitive procedures and appointments that had been postponed due to COVID-19. We are prioritizing patients where further delay could cause adverse health consequences. As we do this, our guiding principle is to maintain the highest level of patient, care team, and community safety in accordance with federal, state, and local guidance for controlling the spread of COVID-19.

We want all community members to know that we are here if they need us and are adhering to safe practices in all of our facilities and offices with increased hand washing, universal masking, and physical distancing. With increased telemedicine options and safe practices throughout our organization, patients can feel confident reaching out to their providers to access appropriate care in all settings.

As your local healthcare system, Mid Coast–Parkview Health is prepared and proactively responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our staff is highly trained and educated on how to safely screen and care for patients who seek medical attention for symptoms associated with COVID-19. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mid Coast–Parkview Health has tested more than 750 patients, with 21 positive cases and 11 requiring hospitalization. In the event that we need to care for a larger number of COVID-19 patients, we currently have enough ventilators and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to provide this care.

Providing reliable, high-quality care to our patients continues to be our organization’s highest objective. We were honored to receive word this week that Mid Coast Hospital has once again received an ‘A’ for its Spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group, an independent watchdog organization committed to healthcare quality and safety. We are grateful to receive this grade, especially at a time when our staff members, like healthcare workers across the nation, are demonstrating extraordinary dedication to keeping patients safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are so appreciative of the continued support we’ve received from so many individuals and community organizations, and we thank you for your ongoing trust in caring for the health of our community. We hope you have a great week!

 
 
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