Another Maine hospital to limit visitation as COVID-19 grows

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Another Maine hospital has decided to limit visitations as cases of COVID-19 continue to grow in the state.

Northern Light Mercy Hospital in Portland said it will limit visitations for adult inpatients to one visitor daily between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. The changes were set to go into effect on Wednesday.

The hospital said in a statement that there is no limit to the length of the visits, and the rest of the visitation policy remains the same.

Maine Medical Center in Portland announced a few days previously that it would limit visitation to one visitor daily starting on Monday.

Both hospitals said the changes were made because of the rising number of coronavirus cases in the state. Northern Light Mercy’s statement said the changes “are being made for the safety of patients, staff, and care teams as community transmission of COVID-19 rises.”

Cases of the virus remain low in Maine compared to many other states, but in recent days the number of daily case counts has been double the number from July.

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