LincolnHealth announced March 14 that it is limiting visitation to all of its long-term care, assisted living facilities and the Schooner Cove retirement community. Exceptions may be made for patients receiving end-of-life care after the visitor is screened.
“Given the impact COVID-19 has on the older population, we believe the best way to eliminate opportunities for infection and protect the health of our residents and team members is to limit visitation,’’ said Timothy Fox, MD, LincolnHealth’s Chief Medical Officer. “We did not take this decision lightly, and we are eager to restore visitation when it is safe to do so.”
Family members and residents are aware of this decision, and LincolnHealth will continue to evaluate the guidance around visitors to senior living facilities.
LincolnHealth is well-prepared for infectious disease outbreaks and we ask community members to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) by staying informed and following safety recommendations.
COVID-19 is a new virus that causes flu-like symptoms. Most cases are mild to moderate. Older adults and people with pre-existing medical conditions, may experience more severe respiratory illness. Symptoms may include: fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath.
Anyone who has these symptoms, has come in contact with someone with COVID-19 or has traveled to a place where the virus has been widespread should stay at home and call their primary care provider for further guidance.
It is important that you do all you can to remain healthy and protect yourself and others from illness. Wash your hands with warm, soapy water regularly, sneeze into your elbow or a tissue and dispose of the tissue immediately, avoid shaking hands and clean surfaces with a disinfectant. It’s also recommended that you avoid large groups and practice social distancing (at least six feet away from an individual when out in public) until further notice.
Both the Maine CDC and the U.S. CDC remain the best sources for up-to-date factual information about COVID-19, and we strongly recommend you visit their websites at: www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc and www.cdc.gov. notice.