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Local hospitals introduce revised visitor policies as of March 20

Mar 19, 2020

Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital are implementing further changes to visitor policies.

Visitor Restrictions

No visitors will be permitted on Pen Bay Medical Center or Waldo County General Hospital campus, except for: Pediatrics (one parent/guardian at a time allowed in all areas); Obstetrics (one spouse/coach allowed in labor and delivery area); day surgery (one person involved in care); end of life (one visitor at a time for patients likely to expire within 24 hours (all areas); and extraordinary circumstances (one person at a time), if presence is necessary for communication with care team or patient support (e.g., patient with disabilities). The determination may be made only by attending physician or designee, and recorded in the medical record, if feasible); and patient discharges: one person allowed for the purpose of picking up a patient for discharge.

Visitation at Emergency Department, Ambulatory settings, Outpatients Procedural Areas

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 encouraged to drop-off patients when possible. For all permitted exceptions, only one person over the age of 18 may be on PBMC/WCGH campus to visit/escort/accept discharge of patient.

Visitor health screenings

All visitors must be screened upon entrance to a facility. Potential visitors will be asked series of screening questions, including whether they have a fever, a new cough in the last 14 days, shortness of breath, a sore throat or a runny nose, or a known exposure to someone with COVID-19. If they answer yes to any, they will be asked to leave.

Visitor protocol

Permitted visitors will be required to both perform hand hygiene prior to entering and upon leaving the patient’s room and/or care area and, to the extent possible, asked to remain at least six feet from the patient at all times.

We recognize that family support is important to our patients, particularity the very young and those facing end-of-life decisions. This was a difficult decision but we believe this is the best way to protect the health of our patients and care team members.

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