We Are Here for You
As the state of Maine starts to gradually open up, Central Maine Healthcare is doubling down on its proactive safety and health measures. It may seem paradoxical to keep the very strict protocols—including visitor restrictions, mask requirements for patients and team members and health screening at entries—just when restrictions on businesses are starting to loosen up.
But we want you to know that we are taking these steps to keep YOU healthy. More people in our facilities—and more team members on site to care for them—make safety precautions even more important. If you are coming in to a clinic, an outpatient service or for a rescheduled surgery or procedure, you can rest assured that your visit will be safe.
And with that in mind, our providers also want to urge you not to delay needed care. We know this is an anxiety producing time to visit a hospital. While early in the COVID-19 crisis we took steps to reduce the number of people who came through our doors (thus diminishing the threat of viral spread), CMH is now resuming many postponed services. Whether you require an Emergency Room visit, a diagnostic procedure or a medically necessary surgery, we are here to provide that important care in a safe environment.
For routine provider visits, we now offer Telehealth services in many of our practices. And for many of life’s everyday ups and downs, Maine Urgent Care offers the convenience of “Virtual Visits.” Please contact your provider with any questions, or visit maineurgentcare.com to schedule a visit online.
Update on COVID-19 Testing
You may have heard that the state of Maine has widely increased its capacity for COVID testing. At Central Maine Healthcare, we are carefully evaluating both our actual capacity (including the availability of testing supplies such as swabs) and our related ability to loosen our criteria for testing. We will be providing timely updates. Meanwhile, if you may have been exposed to the coronavirus or are having symptoms, please check with your provider so they may guide you through the screening process.
Flattening the Curve, Remaining Vigilant
We are thrilled with the news that Maine is starting to flatten the pandemic curve, but now more than ever it’s important we remain vigilant and follow guidelines to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
- Stay out of crowds as much as possible.
- Continue to wash your hands frequently: before meals and after using the bathroom, and even after using gas pumps, ATMs, elevator buttons, grocery baskets and the like.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.