Hospitals relax COVID-19 visitor policies

ELLSWORTH – Northern Light Blue Hill and Maine Coast hospitals have updated their visitation policies to allow greater access.

“The hospitals have waited for a time to safely allow visitors back into their facilities,” according to a hospital statement. “Because of the downward trend of our community positivity rate as well as our desire to meet the needs of our community and patients, visitation will be allowed starting April 1.”

Hospital patients will be allowed two visitors at a time between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Visitors must wear a hospital-issued mask, regardless of vaccination status, during their entire stay. Visitors may be asked leave in cases where visits impede safe delivery of patient care (for the patient and/or visitor), but such cases are rare, according to officials.

“Hospital providers and staff are continuing to work hard to keep everyone safe.”

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