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Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center expanding measures to protect patients and staff

Date: 12/18/2020

Part of Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center’s response to COVID 19 in our community has been to continually scan our environment and adjust as findings warrant. Since December 11, the Medical Center has seen a higher prevalence of COVID 19 positive tests in patients and staff in a certain section of the hospital. As of 5 pm on December 17, 5 patients and 27 staff, some with identified exposure from the community, have tested positive during increased testing in this area. The Medical Center has worked with the MeCDC who will include this in the growing lists of outbreaks throughout our state today.

Because of the trend in this unit, the Medical Center has put several measures into place for the safety of our patients and staff: In addition to the increased testing, a 14-day quarantine is in effect for patients on this floor, including limited visitation.

“What has been confirmed is that, together, we are fighting an enemy that does not play by the rules. This virus moves fast, it is silent to start, and, as the community spread continues to rise, we cannot count on a negative test alone as an assurance of safety. Our healthcare workers continue to show incredible dedication and commitment to caring. We all need to do our part: practice social distancing, wash your hands, and wear a mask. We are very thankful for the promise the arrival of vaccine brings, but understand that this solution, too, will take time. We must stay vigilant together,” says Rand O’Leary, MSA, FACHE, senior vice president, Northern Light Health and president, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center.