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Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center Implements Temporary Measures to Reduce Risk of Flu Transmission for Patients, Visitors, and Staff

Date: 02/08/2019

On Monday, February 11, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center will implement temporary precautions to reduce the risk of influenza for patients, visitors, and staff.

“While we are strong advocates for family and friend involvement in our patients’ healing process, the current flu season represents a significant risk for our patients, visitors, and staff,” says James Jarvis, MD, FAAFP, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center’s senior vice president and senior physician executive. “Just as we did last year, we have implemented temporary measures to promote preventative habits and to decrease exposure to our most vulnerable populations.”

The temporary adjustments to the Medical Center’s visitor policy include:

  • Screening all visitors at the Main Entrance for flu-like symptoms.
  • Limiting visitors to two per patient at a time anywhere in the hospital.
  • Establishing a minimum visitor age of 12 years old.
  • Restricting visitors with influenza-like symptoms or any recent exposure to people with symptoms, such as fever, cough, chills, etc.
  • Continuing to care for any individual in need regardless of age.

The public will be directed to the Main Entrance in order to allow for screening for flu-like symptoms and the proper implementation of the visitor policy. For convenience, we encourage patients and visitors to use our Valet Services at the Main Entrance, Monday through Friday, 5 am to 5 pm.  

“We did not come to this decision lightly. We know these temporary measures will create some challenges for visitors and may cause some inconvenience for those entering our Medical Center. However, we believe these adjustments are absolutely necessary to protect our patients, staff, and the communities we serve. We are asking for cooperation and understanding as we work together to do our part in preventing the spread of influenza in our community,” adds Dr. Jarvis.

Learn more about Northern Light Health's committment to flu prevention and awareness HERE

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