Communication to Residents (COVID-19)

Updated 08-26-2020

About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Novel coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) is a virus that recently emerged in December 2019 in China. Like the flu, it primarily affects the lungs and includes symptoms such as fever, cough & shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. While some cases can be mild, some persons may develop more serious complications, and in some cases the virus can be fatal. 

Friday, March 13th, President Trump declared a national emergency over coronavirus. Under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act which was signed into law in 1988, declaring a national emergency triggers aid that provides states and localities with financial, technical, and logistical support during emergency events that overwhelm their capacity to respond. Under the Stafford Act, the government will assist Maine in handling the situation. 

Sunday, March 15th, Governor Mills declared a state of emergency, giving the state access to federal funding as well as providing the administration more flexibility to respond to the outbreak. Read the news release from Governor Mills office.

These simple precautions will help prevent the spread of the flu and other respiratory illnesses:

  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, using a tissue or the inside of your elbow
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water frequently and use hand sanitizer
  • If you have a fever or feel sick, stay home and call your healthcare provider

COVID-19 Questions & Answers:

  1. What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?        CDC Fact Sheet #1
  2. What are some of the facts about COVID-19?                                                  CDC Fact Sheet# 2
  3. How can I prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19?         COVID-19 Stop Spread of Germs
  4. What are the symptoms of COVID-19?                                                              COVID-19 Symptoms
  5. What should I do if I get sick with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?   Sick with COVID-19 - Best Practices
  6. How is the CDC preparing and protecting communities?                               COVID-19 CDC Preparation