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COVID-19 Update: The Importance of Masking

Greetings to our community members, and we hope this message finds you well. As Maine’s economy continues to gradually re-open, we would like to remind those we serve how important following safety guidelines continues to be.

On June 1, as part of the next phase of re-opening, restaurants in York, Cumberland, and Androscoggin counties will be allowed to resume outdoor dining services with extra precautions. Retail businesses in these counties will also be allowed to voluntarily re-open on Monday for indoor shopping with additional safety measures.

With these new developments, in addition to the onset of warmer weather, many Mainers may be tempted to relax the physical distancing measures they have been practicing for the past two months. We at Mid Coast–Parkview Health understand how difficult the COVID-19 pandemic has been for everyone and the desire many have to return to a sense of normalcy. However, we would also like to remind our community that the U.S. remains in the midst of an unpredictable pandemic, and because of that, we need to adapt to a "new normal.” Staying home as much as possible, maintaining physical distance from people outside your household, washing hands regularly, and wearing cloth face masks in public remain crucial for the foreseeable future.

Wearing a face mask is especially important in places where physical distancing may be difficult, such as grocery stores or pharmacies. As the pandemic has evolved, some civilians have refused to wear masks for a number of reasons. However, it is up to all of us to keep ourselves and others, especially the most vulnerable in our community, as healthy and safe as possible during this time. Not only does wearing a mask help reduce the transmission of COVID-19, but wearing one also shows respect for workers on the front lines and people around you. As we learn more about this new disease, it is clear that exuberant exhalations that come with speaking loudly or singing are major ways the disease is spread along with being inside or in close proximity to others and large gatherings. This is why the use of a mask is so important, and it is one of the reasons why eating in an indoor space can still be risky as you cannot eat while wearing a mask. At a time when many of us feel powerless, wearing a mask is one thing we can all do to make a positive impact and help flatten the curve.

To help ensure everyone has a mask to wear, Mid Coast–Parkview Health has been distributing fabric masks to family members, partner organizations, corporators, volunteers, and community members. Anyone in our community who needs a mask for themselves or a loved one is welcome to pick one up.

In the same vein, we are grateful to the many volunteers who have been sewing and donating cloth masks since the onset of COVID-19. For those who like to sew, we are still accepting donations of fabric masks. For sewing instructions, please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and click on Cloth face covers.

Masks can be picked up or dropped off just inside the Main Entrance of Mid Coast Hospital’s Parkview Campus, located at 329 Maine Street–South Entrance in Brunswick, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. To arrange mailing, please call (207) 373-6064.

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that Mid Coast–Parkview Health is fully prepared to care for any of your healthcare needs, even during this unprecedented time. Each of our locations, including Mid Coast Hospital, are taking extra precautions to ensure the highest level of safety for patients and staff. For instance, visitors continue to be prohibited at all locations, and all employees are screened daily for COVID-19 symptoms before being cleared to work, among other measures.

Our organization also continues to offer telehealth appointments for patients who would rather conference with their provider from the comfort of their home. If your provider feels that you need to be evaluated in person, he or she will refer you to the appropriate setting. If you would like to utilize telehealth for your next visit, please contact your provider. All updates on our COVID-19 response are available at www.midcoasthealth.com/covid19.

As always, we thank you for your continued support in caring for the health of our community. We hope you have a wonderful week.