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Northern Light Maine Coast and Blue Hill Hospital COVID Testing Update

Ellsworth – The national supply of laboratory materials is critically low, reducing the ability to perform COVID-19 testing across the state of Maine and the country. In response, the Maine State CDC has shared new, stricter guidelines for testing patients. To preserve testing capacity for patients who may develop severe COVID-19, effective immediately we will prioritize testing according to CDC guidelines for high-risk individuals to include:

  • hospitalized patients who are high-risk
  • healthcare workers and first responders
  • people living in closed settings like nursing homes

Today, Northern Light Blue Hill and Maine Coast Hospitals established Drive-Up Test Site. The community needs to understand that only people with referrals will be seen. To get a referral you must have symptoms and have called our Screening Hotline at 844-489-1822. Please note that call volume is expected to be high and wait time to speak with a nurse could be long.

 

Watch for more information by liking Northern Light Blue Hill or Northern Light Maine Coast’s Facebook page or visiting northernlighthealth.org.

 

We ask for your understanding as we follow CDC guidelines to protect our community. Thank you.

 

Ellsworth and Blue Hill, Maine (March 20, 2020) The national supply of laboratory materials is critically low, reducing the ability to perform COVID-19 testing across the state of Maine and the country. In response, the Maine State CDC has shared new, stricter guidelines for testing patients. To preserve testing capacity for patients who may develop severe COVID-19, effective immediately we will prioritize testing according to CDC guidelines for high-risk individuals to include:

  • hospitalized patients who are high-risk
  • healthcare workers and first responders
  • people living in closed settings like nursing homes

Today, Northern Light Blue Hill and Maine Coast Hospitals established Drive-Up Test Site. The community needs to understand that only people with referrals will be seen. To get a referral you must have symptoms and have called our Screening Hotline at 844-489-1822. Please note that call volume is expected to be high and wait time to speak with a nurse could be long.

 

Watch for more information by liking Northern Light Blue Hill or Northern Light Maine Coast’s Facebook page or visiting northernlighthealth.org.

 

We ask for your understanding as we follow CDC guidelines to protect our community. Thank you.

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