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Hospital opens clinic for respiratory symptoms

FORT KENT, Maine — In response to the needs of our communities, and to stay ahead of the coronavirus, effective on Monday, March 23, Northern Maine Medical Center will open a respiratory symptoms clinic. 

The clinic will see patients age 5 and above and will be staffed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with members of the hospital’s experienced health care team.

Anyone who thinks they have been exposed to COVID-19 and who develops a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, should call the respiratory symptoms clinic at 834-1390.

To best serve patients, hospital officials said people should call ahead for an appointment, though they will also accept walk-ins. Patients will be assessed on an individual basis as to the level of risk and eligibility of testing for the virus. 

All patient follow-up will be managed by their primary care provider after the initial respiratory clinic visit.

Signs are in place to direct patients to the clinic, which is located on the basement floor of the hospital. The clinic can only be accessed at the rear of the building, where patients will be greeted at the door by a clerk who will assist them to put on a mask and sanitize their hands. Visitors are not allowed to accompany patients into the clinic.

Anyone experiencing a medical emergency should seek immediate care at the Emergency Department.

Northern Maine Medical Center asks the community to assist them in their efforts by taking these simple steps to protect from coronavirus and other infections:

– Wash your hands often.

– Avoid close contact with others.

– Stay home if you are sick unless you need medical care.

– Cover coughs and sneezes with the inside of your elbow.

– Disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

For continued updates on Northern Maine Medical Center’s coronavirus response plan, visit www.nmmc.org.

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