It is crucial that individuals who believe they might have been exposed call Houlton Regional Hospital in advance to pre-register. Doing so will help avoid crowds at the testing site and potential additional spread of COVID-19.
Maine CDC is working closely with Houlton Regional Hospital to facilitate testing. Maine CDC has provided the hospital with supplies of swabs and personal protective equipment for collection of testing samples. In addition, a Maine CDC public health nurse will be onsite to assist with sample collection.
Houlton Ambulance Service is working closely with Maine CDC and Maine EMS in this investigation. The Ambulance Service has arranged coverage for its staff members who are isolating. If you have a medical emergency, do not delay in calling 911 for assistance.
Physical distancing, use of face coverings in public places, and good personal hygiene, including frequent handwashing, remain the best ways to reduce potential spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 in Aroostook County, where this outbreak has occurred, and throughout Maine.
For more information, visit Maine CDC's COVID-19 website.