Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital have updated their visitor safety measures. The changes are effective Tuesday, Jan. 11, and are designed to provide better protection for patients, team members, visitors, and the public.

Visitation will be limited to:

Hospital Inpatient Areas:
Pediatrics: Two parents/guardians allowed in all areas, provided space is sufficient to achieve compliance with social distancing.
Obstetrics: One spouse/labor coach/support person who must remain on the unit with the patient. Exit/re-entry to the unit will be limited to once every 12 hours.
All other inpatient areas including critical care: No visitors permitted. Exceptions may be made at the time of unit admission or for care plan discussions and must be approved by the Chief Nursing Officer or Chief Medical Officer.
Patients on Palliative Care/Comfort Measures: Two visitors at any one time daily, between 1 and 4 p.m. Exceptions may be managed by the care team.
End of Life in any inpatient area: Up to four family members at any one time may visit patients likely to expire within 24 hours (all areas) – visit times to be managed by the care team.

PBMC PARC Unit: Visitors not permitted

Patients in isolation for COVID-19 infection or being evaluated for COVID-19 infection: No visitors except for End of Life.
Visitors will not be allowed in any units with an active COVID-19 outbreak.
Patient Discharges: Patients will be brought to an appropriate entrance for pick up.
Outpatient Surgery and Procedural Areas: Adult patients should arrange for drop-off and pick-up unless they need special assistance. Exceptions can be made in advance for patients who do not live locally. Pediatric patients may be accompanied by two parents/guardians, provided space is sufficient to achieve compliance with social distancing.
Emergency Department: One person allowed as an escort, only if the patient requires help with mobility, support or communication with care team, such necessity to be determined by triage or care providers. Escorts will be asked to drop off patients and return to their vehicle while care is being provided.

Ambulatory/Diagnostic Areas: Adult patients may be accompanied by one person, provided space is sufficient to achieve compliance with social distancing. Pediatric patients may be accompanied by two parents/guardians, provided space is sufficient to achieve compliance with social distancing.
Patients in any care setting who need help with mobility or communications with the care team may be assisted by an adult escort to provide the needed assistance or support, as determined by the care team.

All visitors/escorts are subject to screening for COVID-19. Visitors/escorts with any COVID-19 symptoms will NOT be allowed to enter PBMC and WCGH facilities. Visitors/escorts must perform hand hygiene prior to entering and upon leaving the patient’s care area and wear a mask at all times. The hospital cafeterias remain closed to visitors.

To learn more, go to mainehealth.org/coronavirus-covid-19/safe-appointments.