BLUE HILL — This tiny, seaside village was hit with its first reported case of coronavirus on Tuesday, according to hospital officials.
“I can confirm we have admitted a patient who had tested positive for COVID-19 at Blue Hill Hospital yesterday,” said hospital spokeswoman Kelley Columber on Wednesday morning.
Columber declined to give any more information about the case, citing patient confidentiality.
She also declined to say how many people the hospital has tested for the virus.
“At this time, we are not sharing how many tests we have run and suggest media follow up with CDC,” Columber said. “It is important to note that the numbers of people tested is not an actual depiction of what is truly out in our communities.”
Columber said there are designated areas of the Northern Light hospitals to care for “COVID-19 suspected patients as well as those who test positive for COVID-19.”
As of Tuesday, Maine had 303 confirmed cases of the virus, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That total did not include the Blue Hill case. Of those, 68 have recovered, 57 have been hospitalized and five have died, according to the CDC.
The hospitals participate in emergency preparedness training all year long, the spokeswoman said.
“There is an active incident command process throughout Northern Light Health that was established in February in anticipation of the arrival of the COVID-19 virus in our state,” said Columber. “We continue to rely on the guidance of the Maine CDC and our clinical leadership to make significant operational changes regarding non-essential and elective care, visitation and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) protocols, to provide increased education and training for staff.”
The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness. It is caused by a coronavirus. The outbreak started in 2019 in Wuhan City, China, and has spread all over the globe.