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COVID-19 

At East Grand Health Center, we have a commitment to not only provide exceptional medical care, but also to promote the safety, well-being and education of our community about issues that will impact your overall health and quality of life.

There are some key steps you can take to protect yourself, your family, and the wider community during a potential COVID-19 outbreak:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, especially when out in public;

  • Avoid contact with people who are sick, and stay at home if you are sick;

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then throw the tissue away; and 

  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces, using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

  • The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend the general public wear a mask to prevent COVID-19.

Here are the steps we are taking at East Grand Health Center, to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for our patients, staff members and community:

  • We are screening all people who present to the health center for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to entering the health center waiting room. 

  • Non-essential appointments and procedures will be postponed. We are notifying patients to let them know if their appointments have been canceled and will reschedule to a later date.

  • We are limiting access to the building to patients with appointments only. Exceptions are made for children who must be accompanied by an adult, as well as patients who are accompanied by a Caregiver. 

  • Finally, we ask that all patients call the health center prior to arrival if they are experiencing symptoms (e.g. cough, fever, shortness of breath), and/or who have been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

  • All patients are being asked to wash or sanitize their hands upon arrival to the front window. 

What if I have symptoms, or think i may have been exposed to COVID-19?

We know there is a lot of information out there about this virus, but not all of it comes from reliable sources, like East Grand Health Center or the CDC. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever, and/or shortness of breath. It is understandable that someone experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms might feel anxious at this time-but remembers: the vast majority of people infected with the virus experience it as they would a common cold or flu, and need only to stay home and care for themselves to make a full recovery. 

However, if you experience more severe symptoms, have underlying conditions that make you more vulnerable to this virus, or have reason to believe you are exposed to someone with COVID-19, call us at East Grand Health Center (448-2347) before presenting to the health center or emergency department. This is the best way to determine the right course of treatment, and limit the spread of infection.

Should i be tested?

In order to preserve specimen collection and testing supplies, the CDC has updated their screening recommendations. 

Effective immediately, testing for the COVID-19 will be prioritized to high-risk individuals. Individuals who will be tested must be symptomatic (fever or respiratory symptoms) and fall into one of the following high-risk categories:

  • Those who are hospitalized

  • Health Care Workers

  • First Responders

  • Those living in congregate settings

  • Patients older than 60 years

  • Patients with underlying medical conditions

Individuals whose symptoms are consistent with COVID-19 but who do not fall into one of these high-risk categories should be evaluated and isolated at home. Testing is not recommended for those individuals with mild fever or respiratory symptoms who are not in a high-risk category.

Guidance for who should be considered for testing is likely to change, so check back on our website or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html or call 2-1-1 Maine for the most up to date information.

At East Grand Health Center, are highest priorities are your health and wellness, and the safety of our community. If you have additional questions about COVID-19, please contact our office (448-2347), and we will be happy to assist you.