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COVID-19 Update: Continued Adherence to Guidelines

Greetings to our community members, and we hope this message finds you well. As we venture further into May and the state begins to re-open, we would like to reiterate the importance of following physical distancing guidelines in our community.

Last week, Governor Janet Mills announced her plan to begin re-opening certain businesses, including retail stores and restaurants, in rural areas of Maine with added health and safety measures. Included in this rural re-opening plan are the counties of Sagadahoc and Lincoln, which puts the Midcoast region and those in our service area in a unique position.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Maine, Cumberland County has been hit hardest with the virus statewide. Because of this, and along with other areas where community transmission has been established such as York, Androscoggin, and Penobscot counties, retail stores and restaurants in Cumberland County are not projected to re-open until June 1 at the earliest.

As things begin to slowly reopen, it is more important than ever to ensure that we comply with CDC guidelines until further notice. Such guidelines include staying home except for essential errands, such as obtaining food or medicine, staying six feet apart from others while in public, and wearing a cloth face covering in places where physical distancing is difficult, such as grocery stores and pharmacies.

Everyone should also wash their hands regularly for 20 seconds with soap and water and avoid touching their face with unwashed hands, especially after being in public.

In order to ensure that everyone is adhering to CDC guidance, Mid Coast–Parkview Health has been distributing fabric masks to community members. Anyone in our community who needs a mask for themselves or a loved one is welcome to pick one up at the Main Entrance of Mid Coast Hospital’s Parkview Campus, located at 329 Maine Street in Brunswick, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Mid Coast–Parkview Health also continues our efforts to re-start time-sensitive care. Last week, our providers began connecting with patients to reschedule procedures and appointments that were put on hold due to COVID-19. During this process, our health system has been prioritizing patients for whom further delay could cause adverse health consequences, and our staff has begun conducting appointments and procedures for those individuals this week.

As we move forward with resuming care, safety continues to be our top priority. To protect patients and staff, we continue to restrict visitors in all locations, screen patients for COVID-19 symptoms, practice good hand hygiene and cleaning protocols, and follow strict social distancing and masking guidance in all our settings. We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has been an unsettling time for many, but it is essential that individuals receive the care that they need, especially when postponing could result in serious complications.

We truly appreciate the overwhelming support we have received from our community during the past two months. As time goes on, we would like to emphasize that the best way to help our providers remains being vigilant in following the CDC guidelines. All pandemics are unpredictable, and it is up to all of us to help keep ourselves and our community safe.

We hope you have a wonderful week.