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Hospital’s Flu Restriction Policy in Effect

The flu is in Maine, and we’re beginning to see an uptick in the number of patients who are presenting with symptoms. As a result, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center has a new seasonal flu restriction policy in effect. The policy is centered around temporary precautions with the goal to reduce the risk for our patients, visitors, and staff.

“In the past three years, our flu precautions have been successful in decreasing the spread of the flu within the facility,” says James Jarvis, MD, FAAFP, senior vice president and senior physician executive.

All year long, our two-person visitor policy protects our patients and helps our staff ensure there is space to provide care in a quiet, healing environment. During flu season, restrictions are enhanced and include:

  • Visitors must be 12 years and older
  • Visitors must be free of flu-like symptoms and not have had any exposure to people with fever, cough, chills, etc.
  • If more than two visitors are waiting to see a patient, they may take a seat in the main lobby or in the Maine Café

We are encouraging friends and family to visit in groups of two, and to stay home if they’re not feeling well.

“Our patients have let us know they appreciate the Medical Center taking additional steps to limit visitors during flu season, ” adds Dr. Jarvis. “We appreciate everyone working together to keeps our hospital a place for healing.”

Exceptions to this policy may be made for patients at end of life or in hospice care, and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.