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11/24/2020

For some time now, our region has enjoyed a relative calm related to COVID-19 – with a couple of exceptions. It is fair to say that the complexion of COVID-19 in the greater Houlton region as we approach this holiday season, has recently changed significantly. In recent days, with COVID-19 testing occurring in four different locations in the greater Houlton area, we can confidently say that there are greater than 20 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our region. Daily testing in relatively large numbers is occurring. We are not alone in this new level of activity, as Aroostook County-wide confirmed cases now top 100. Statewide numbers are growing rapidly, and unfortunately, Statewide death rates are increasingly grim.

With the changes in the number of confirmed cases in the State, the Maine CDC recently shifted their approach to investigations and contact tracing. Now the Maine CDC will only make an initial contact to provide guidance to ensure the confirmed positive individual knows and understands information about necessary resources. Secondly, the Maine CDC will now concentrate their contact tracing efforts to enroll people who are contacts of a confirmed positive individual, with an emphasis on those individuals with the greatest number of days left in their 14-day quarantine. The Maine CDC continues to focus on the highest risk and most vulnerable Mainers.

At Houlton Regional Hospital we wish to alert the general public that as we enter this holiday season, we still must remain intensely vigilant. Masking is essential – more than ever!! Handwashing and gelling is critical. And Social Distancing remains extremely important. Make every effort to avoid unmasked contact with others. Please – this is the time, more than any other, to heed these precautions.

For more information, please check out Houlton Regional Hospital’s Website and Facebook page. There you will find regular updates on COVID-19 in our region. Thank you for your continued cooperation! At Houlton Regional – we will make every effort to provide regular updates, as time allows, to keep you informed on this most recent surge in our region.

– Shawn Anderson
CEO – Houlton Regional Hospital

Houlton Regional Hospital – Quality Care delivered by Exceptional People!

Pictured above  are Houlton Regional Hospital’s CEO, Shawn Anderson and Chief Operating Officer, Gina Brown, RN. They have placed this banner in honor and recognition of all the HEROES working at Houlton Regional Hospital.  COVID-19 has brought many challenges and they both feel the staff here have worked diligently and stayed strong for our patients and the community; and faced those challenges one by one with courage that is to be admired. Shawn and Gina hope when you see this banner you are as proud of the work being done here as they are!

Unfortunately, we are currently experiencing an increase in community transmission.

If you have been notified that you or your child have been exposed to Covid19 please quarantine for 14 days from the date of the exposure.

If you are having symptoms please contact your Medical Provider’s office regarding testing for Covid-19. Testing is important but it does not need to be done urgently and will be scheduled by appointment.  However, if you are having severe symptoms of Covid19 please notify and go to the Emergency Department for an evaluation.

Testing can also be conducted on people not having any symptoms, it is best to wait until at least 5 days have passed since the date of your exposure.

If you test positive, please continue to quarantine and alert your close contacts. Please remember you also need to quarantine even if your test is negative for 14 days from the date of your last contact with a known positive person.  

If you do not have a provider here at Houlton Regional or need weekend testing, KVHC is available by appointment at 538-3700, our local Walgreens is also testing patients by appointment. Appointments are made on line at https://Walgreens.com/covid19testing 

Every person should monitor themselves daily for signs of illness, including taking temperatures, as this can help detect illness before going to work, school, or out into the community.

Anyone you encounter could potentially be infected. Please follow the recommended guidance on wearing a mask, social distancing, washing your hands, staying home if you are sick, avoiding large gatherings and any unnecessary travel.

Other testing options are the states sponsored swab and send sites, they can be found at Get-Tested-COVID19.org.

The Portland jet port also offers testing to anyone by appt. https://covidtestforme.com/jetport They offer free send out tests or a 1 hour Rapid tests for 25.00.

Coming to Houlton Regional Hospital to obtain a copy of Medical Records, or to Pay a Bill?

At this time we are still asking for everyone to call ahead to request Medical Record Forms. Please call 521-2212. Arrangements will made for pick up, or they can be mailed or faxed. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Houlton Regional Hospital fully supports the philosophy that family visitation is important to the patient’s recovery and well-being, but due to the Pandemic our visitation remains limited.

  • Inpatients may have one designated visitor
  • Visits may occur anytime  between 1:00pm and 6:00pm
  • Visitors must be at least 18 years of age
  • Visitors must gel hands, wear a mask, and be screened at the door for signs of illness
  • Visitors will be given a sticker with their name, the date, and room number they are authorized to visit.
  • Exceptions may be made for visitors of Comfort Care patients and LDRP patients.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we strive to keep HRH a safe place for all who need our services!

Houlton Regional Hospital CEO Shawn Anderson said, “What we’re doing is working. Social distancing, hand washing and hand gelling, and masking are clearly making a positive difference in the spread of coronavirus in Maine. Just because our spread is the lowest in the nation, isn’t cause to ease up on what we’re doing. Let’s keep up the momentum!”

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Today’s Covid-19 Statistics by State

States cases Confirmed cases Recovered cases Death cases
Texas 1221796 964380 21589
California 1157119 552864 18915
Florida 961676 643824 18255
Illinois 685467 354398 12440
New York 650856 439004 34338
Georgia 457909 287866 9297
Ohio 382743 242146 6274
Wisconsin 369442 290969 3178
Michigan 352433 152267 9170
Tennessee 347972 308566 4466
North Carolina 346506 293555 5138
Pennsylvania 333571 202274 10179
New Jersey 324862 193395 17008
Indiana 312521 173231 5498
Arizona 310850 49234 6524
Missouri 298858 78885 3992
Minnesota 289303 240720 3434
Alabama 239318 90702 3532
Virginia 226300 23625 4008
Louisiana 225638 192488 6350
Iowa 219609 122059 2271
Massachusetts 211199 160199 10551
South Carolina 210905 109724 4317
Colorado 206439 54015 2860
Maryland 188161 8549 4518
Oklahoma 184342 149345 1680
Utah 183902 120890 834
Kentucky 162838 26951 1809
Washington 158607 64287 2705
Arkansas 150277 130818 2425
Kansas 149573 87879 1503
Mississippi 145636 121637 3745
Nevada 142239 81184 2071
Nebraska 117682 59002 950
Connecticut 109152 47051 4926
Idaho 94730 38397 874
New Mexico 86247 29568 1428
South Dakota 76142 59981 849
North Dakota 75478 65976 887
Oregon 68503 67636 867
Montana 58565 42012 652
Rhode Island 52317 3469 1335
West Virginia 43050 28072 695
Delaware 32995 16538 760
Wyoming 30761 20113 215
Alaska 27669 7165 115
District Of Columbia 20516 15281 677
New Hampshire 18382 13558 513
Hawaii 17501 12684 235
Maine 11027 8592 190
Vermont 3827 2374 64
Puerto Rico 87991 39895 1052
Guam 6705 4957 109
United States Virgin Islands 1521 1432 23
Northern Mariana Islands 104 29 2
American Samoa 3 0 0
US Military 110982 67165 124
Veteran Affairs 102200 84552 4723
Federal Prisons 27032 21387 147
Navajo Nation 15374 8271 638
Grand Princess Ship 103 0 3
Wuhan Repatriated 3 0 0
Diamond Princess Ship 46 0 0
total 13,107,856 7,716,492 267,930

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Houlton Regional Hospital is prepared to keep Caregivers, Patients and the Community Safe DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

As Caregivers at Houlton Regional Hospital continue to be prepared for COVID-19 treatment and screening, our steadfast commitment to safely caring for our Patients, our Staff, and our Medical Staff is our top priority. Houlton Regional Hospital has formed a specialized Pandemic (COVID-19) Response Team, consisting of Infection Control, Emergency Care, Hospital Leadership, Nursing Leadership, Medical Staff Leadership, Facilities, Safety and Security that has been working closely with the Maine CDC and is prepared for any potential case of COVID-19 presenting at the hospital. At present, we ask that each person coming to Houlton Regional Hospital please put on a protective mask prior to entering the hospital. 

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(Information from the Maine CDC)

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions are at increased risk for severe disease and should consider postponing nonessential travel.

If you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 or if you have recently (within 14 days) been in a community where there is ongoing spread of COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. They will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill may be able to isolate and care for themselves at home.

  • If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately.
  • Emergency warning signs include*:
    Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    New confusion or inability to arouse
    Bluish lips or face 
  • *This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
    Please notify the ER before bringing in a patient with possible COVID-19 or alert EMS if they are contacted for transport.

 Information From The  National CDC

Information From the Maine CDC

HRH Local Pandemic Line for a recorded update:
(207) 521-2210

Maine CDC resources for COVID-19 information:
* Contact 211 Maine for answers to frequently asked questions on COVID-19
* Dial 211 (or 1-866-811-5695)
* Text your ZIP code to 898-211
* Email info@211maine.org
* 211 is TTY and Video Relay accessible if calling from Maine
* Visit www.maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus
* Maine Crisis Hotline number for people having a hard time to cope with the current situation (1-888-568-1112)

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