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COVID-19 Update: Elective Procedures and Non-Urgent Office Visits Suspended

The decision is meant to better position the health system to care for those impacted by the coronavirus outbreak and reduce community spread of the disease.

In line with the announcement made by MaineHealth yesterday and the guidance received by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Mid Coast Hospital is suspending elective medical procedures and postponing non-urgent office visits to its practices in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Cancellations are expected to take place by end of the day Friday.

Keeping patients at home who are scheduled for non-urgent services rather than having them come to the hospital or office supports public health efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Maine and is one of the approaches that can protect patients, families, and care teams.

Mid Coast Hospital is asking that patients not call to check on the status of a procedure or office visit, but rather await notice from the hospital or practice. This will ensure that front-line team members are available to help manage the calls received with respect to COVID-19. While it is understandable that people want information about their pending procedures, calling at this time could hamper efforts to support patients with critical needs.

To help stop the spread of infection, the federal Centers for Disease Control recommends community members continue to practice good hand hygiene, stay home when they are, sick and cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and discard it.

Patients seeking additional information about how MaineHealth is responding to the outbreak of COVID-19 can find it here: https://mainehealth.org/healthy-communities/coronavirus. Those seeking the most up-to-date information on the spread of the virus should visit the CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

 
 
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