I hope I find everyone well as they are rearranging life in light of current circumstances. In my last update to you all regarding Covid-19, I emphasized the importance of public health measures such as handwashing, covering coughs, and calling in before seeking an appointment with your healthcare team. As we all are likely aware, the CDC is now also recommending social distancing as one of the most important things we can do avoid inundating our current healthcare system and inadvertently spread the virus. This is particularly important given that the confirmed positives in Cumberland county are considered community transmission cases, meaning there is no known single vector or transmission point that explains how they got it.
While I began the transition about a week ago, I am officially discontinuing all home visits until further notice. Virtual follow-up visits through my secure EHR will continue to be available for patients I have seen in the past. I am in the process of finding the most accurate and up to date info on drive-through test sites in Maine as they are set up, as this is an effective option (and safer for healthcare personnel and facilities) for testing should you need it. I will continue to update you all with this information as I receive it.
In the meantime, I want to offer up that social distancing does not mean social isolation. In fact, we are social creatures that thrive best when we are able to be in loving community. So far, I know my heart has been deeply touched by the ways that friends and community have reached out to me and among each other. Remember to check in on your friends and loved ones. Below is an offered quote from Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky:
"Let every hand we don't shake become a phone call that we place. Every embrace that we avoid must become a verbal expression of warmth and concern.Every inch and every foot that we physically place between ourselves and another must become a thought as to how we might be of help to that other, should the need arise."
Thank you for everything you are all doing in your communities.