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Potential COVID-19 Exposure at Northern Light Inland Hospital

Date: 09/18/2020

Northern Light Inland Hospital has quarantined ten members of our healthcare staff after they were directly or indirectly exposed to a patient with COVID-19 in the hospital. The Maine CDC has been notified and we are working with them on contact tracing, which will help identify any other staff who may have been exposed and need to quarantine.

We were notified on Thursday, September 17 that an Inland patient tested positive for COVID-19.

Based on principles and some specifics outlined in CDC guidelines and lessons learned from organizations already responding to a large patient volume from COVID-19, we are contacting all staff who had or may have had exposure to the patient or the employees and directing them to quarantine and monitor for symptoms.

Because we have an obligation to protect the privacy of our patients and staff, we will not be discussing details. Hospital admissions and other services are not impacted by this situation.

“Safety remains our top priority,” said Dr. Gavin Ducker, co-president of Northern Light Health Medical Group and senior physician executive at Inland Hospital. “We are closely assessing how the exposures occurred so we can prevent future exposures. We will continue to communicate about the situation with our staff and the community.”

Terri Vieira, Inland Hospital president noted, “Inland is grateful for our community support now and throughout the pandemic. Please know that we are doing everything possible to address this situation and safeguard our community.”