Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN
Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital.
BLUE HILL, Maine — A patient has tested positive for the coronavirus at Northern Light Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Suzanne Spruce, chief marketing and communications officer of Northern Light Health, confirmed the case, but declined to provide further details, citing patient confidentiality. Northern Light operates hospitals in Blue Hill and Ellsworth.
There are at least 303 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, spread across at least 12 Maine counties. Health officials on Tuesday confirmed two additional deaths — both in women in their 80s from Kennebec and York counties — from COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, bringing the statewide death toll to five.
Mount Desert Island Hospital confirmed on March 19 that a patient at the Bar Harbor hospital had tested positive for COVID-19. A day later Maine CDC officials said a case detected in Hancock County involved a Penobscot County resident who had been tested by a Hancock County health care provider. That case was added to Penobscot County’s count. Citing patient confidentiality, Maine CDC officials declined to confirm whether this case was the same as the one reported by MDI Hospital.
The patient remained in a vehicle on the MDI hospital’s campus to be tested and never entered the facility, the hospital said at the time.
Spruce reiterated the message sent by all health care practitioners since coronavirus cases began appearing in the state: be safe.
“Stay home. Don’t touch your face. Wash your hands often. If you sneeze or cough do so in the sleeve of your elbow,” Spruce said in an email. “If you have to be out stay six apart from others — social distancing works.”