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Hospitals update visitors’ policy

Published: Dec. 2, 2020 at 11:53 AM EST
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AROOSTOOK COUNTY, Maine (WAGM) -

Cary Medical Center is restricting visitors in its E.R. department, following an upsurge in Covid cases in The County in the past week.

Dr. Regen Gallagher, Chief Medical Officer, says no visitors are being allowed in the E.R., with the exception of things like parents of minor children, end-of-life cases. She says fewer people in the waiting room and E.R. helps reduce the risk of exposure to the virus.

“The patients there are there because they’re sick in one way or another, and with the level of community spread we have now, theoretically everybody’s potentially a person under investigation. And so we think keeping people out of that environment that don’t need to be there is the safest thing, both for those folks and for our staff and the patients,” says Dr. Regen Gallagher.

Dr. Gallagher says they are still allowing one visitor in for the duration of a patient’s stay, provided the visitor can pass the hospital’s screening process. That visitor would then be the only visitor allowed for the duration of the patient’s stay. She urges everyone to following CDC guidelines: maintain distance, wear your mask, and wash your hands frequently. Dr. Gallagher adds that you should limit gatherings to immediate family and outings to the purchase of necessities.

Northern Light A.R. Gould Hospital has also implemented changes to its visitation policy.

For more information, contact your respective hospital.

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