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Pen Bay Medical Center confirms first COVID-19 inpatient

Mar 27, 2020

ROCKPORT — Earlier this week Pen Bay Medical Center identified its first inpatient confirmed positive for coronavirus.

The patient required only a brief hospitalization at PBMC and has been discharged home, according to a statement from the hospital released March 27.

From the outpatient setting through the Emergency Department and hospitalization, all infection prevention precautions were taken. Appropriate Center for Disease Control recommended personal protective equipment guidelines were used throughout.

Pen Bay Medical Center is evaluating patients who have signs and symptoms consistent with infection caused by coronavirus. The care team members are well prepared to care for patients diagnosed with COVID-19.

The Hospital Incident Command System has been activated, and care teams that have trained and planned for this possibility are staying up to date with the latest guidance from the CDC.

Most cases of COVID-19 infection bring flu-like symptoms that are mild to moderate and can be treated at home, said Dr. Mark Fourre, the president of Coastal Healthcare Alliance, which includes Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital.

He stressed that patients need only be treated at a hospital in the small minority of cases where symptoms are severe.

The hospital advises that anyone who feels they need medical attention, should call their primary care provider before going to a healthcare facility. If a person does not have a primary care provider and need emergency care, they should call the emergency department before going to there.

It is critical for all  to choose reliable sources for the latest information. The Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Maine CDC and MaineHealth are your best sources for up-to-date factual information about COVID-19.

Information on COVID-19 is available at the websites: cdc.gov, maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc and mainehealth.org/healthy-communities/coronavirus.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Mar 28, 2020 12:51

Keep safe "Health care workers". God Bless!



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