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Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center has patient test positive for COVID-19

Date: 03/18/2020

Bangor, Maine (March 18, 2020) — Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center announced today that they received notification from Maine CDC that one of their patients who presented at Walk In Care has tested positive for COVID-19. The patient has been following the guidelines for self-isolation and has not needed additional care at our facilities.

“This news confirms what we knew to be true all along, we are not immune to this virus that has already affected so much of the world. We know this is likely the first of many patients we will care for with a positive diagnosis,” commented Rand O’Leary, senior vice president, Northern Light Health, president, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center. “However, our entire organization has been prepping for today and the days that will follow. As a system, Northern Light Health is well positioned to care for our communities during this challenging time.”

This announcement is an opportunity to reemphasize the following CDC recommendations:
  • If you are sick and need care, call your primary care provider.
  • Sneeze or cough into your elbow
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 40 seconds or use hand sanitizer on hands that are visibly clean.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Make a plan to stay home for a period of time; have enough food and extra medicine on hand for an extended period of time.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaners.

You can find additional recommendations and resources on the CDC website.