COVID-19 Visitor Policy
Our most important goal is to protect the safety of our patients, visitors, staff and community. Please know that masking is required at all times at all MaineGeneral facilities. Hospitals follow strict requirements from state and federal regulators to prevent infection. Thank you for understanding.
UPDATED: As of Feb. 25, 2022:
With new CMS guidelines and reduced rates of incidence of COVID-19 in our region, we are making the following changes to inpatient and outpatient visitation guidelines.
- All visitors must be 18 or older.
- Two visitors per day are allowed during visiting hours for inpatients. The visitors may be together to visit a patient.
- One visitor may be designated to stay overnight.
- All people in a MaineGeneral facility must wear a disposable mask. If you do not have a disposable mask, we will give you one.
- Inpatient visiting hours are Monday - Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visitors and patients must remain masked at all times during the visit, and the visitors may not eat or drink while in the patient’s room or any patient area.
- There are no changes for end of life patients: up to 4 visitors for patients expected to pass within 24 hours. Visit times to be coordinated by the care team.
- There are no changes for COVID-19 patients: no visitation except for compassionate care situations, which will be coordinated by the care team.
For all outpatient areas and clinics (including lab, imaging, same day surgery, OB clinic appointments):
Outpatient practices and services such as lab, imaging and day surgery may now have one person, over the age of 18, to accompany patients.
Please note that masking and social distancing mandates have not changed.
For the Emergency Department:
- Due to high emergency department volumes and limited patient waiting space, there are no changes to visitation. Patients can have one visitor, as long as the patient doesn’t have COVID-19 symptoms. However, the visitor must continue to wait in the car until the patient has been roomed.
Some things that are not changing include:
- Screening of patients and visitors entering MaineGeneral facilities will continue.
- Universal masking remains in effect. Mask must be disposable, not cloth mask.
- Social distancing remains in effect.
- Sanitize your hands before and after leaving the patient's room.
- No visitors are allowed on 3 South due to the congregate living guidelines.
- No visitors are allowed for COVID-19-positive patients or patients under investigation for COVID-19, except for compassionate care situations and end-of-life situations (coordinated with unit leadership).
- Visitors with any symptoms or who have had exposure within the past 14 days regardless of vaccination status will not be allowed to enter the facility.
Please do not visit our facilities if you have any of the following symptoms, have had contact with someone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 within the past 14 days, have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been told to isolate due to possible COVID-19 infection in the past 14 days.
- Fever or chills
- New cough
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
Visitors should remain in the patient room and are not allowed to wait in the lobby or waiting rooms due to social distancing requirements.
We are pleased to offer indoor visitation at our four Long Term Care Facilities. All our facilities have worked diligently to ensure all residents have been given the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and booster.
At this time, there are no restrictions on the number of visitors unless social distancing cannot be maintained. In semi-private rooms, residents may be allowed two visitors at one time. Other designated indoor visitation areas and outdoor visitation areas may allow residents to have additional visitors at one time. Each facility has set specific visitation hours. Please refer to our website, Long Term Care, for up-to-date information for each long-term care facility.
We recognize these restrictions may be difficult for you and your loved ones. This is a challenging time, and the COVID-19 hospital visitor policy is intended to provide additional safeguards for our patients, families, visitors and team members. We will continue to monitor community transmission rates and make adjustments as appropriate. Thank you for your understanding and support of our commitment to safety.