As virus precaution, MDI Hospital limits, screens visitors

BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island Hospital and its health centers are temporarily restricting visitors as part of ongoing efforts to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus and its associated disease, COVID-19.

Visitors are not allowed at the hospital until further notice, as of March 27. Specific exceptions may be made for emergency room, pediatric, obstetrics, oncology and compassionate care patients, who may have one support person accompany them.

Patients and visitors may only enter the hospital through the main entrance and will be screened for health upon entry. Anyone who has traveled in the last 14 days or has a fever, dry cough or shortness of breath is asked to call (207) 801-5900 for guidance before entering.

Health center visits are limited to one visitor per patient, with some exceptions; this restriction has been in place since March 16. Pediatric patients should have only one parent or guardian accompany them. Each health center will also have a single point of entry.

“Mount Desert Island Hospital & Health Centers are doing everything that we can to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus and protect our patients, community and staff,” a statement on the hospital’s website reads. “These measures are effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.”

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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