Last updated: July 19, 2020
The Maine CDC recommends that everyone in Maine "practice good hand hygiene, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home as much as possible" to avoid coronavirus, a new virus that can cause COVID-19, a disease that can be deadly.
As of July 19, Maine remains under a state of civil emergency to protect public health. The virus that causes COVID-19 appears to be circulating via community transmission throughout the United States. Governor Janet Mills has ordered the following measures to reduce the transmission rate of coronavirus in Maine:
According to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
CDC is responding to a pandemic of respiratory disease spreading from person to person caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The disease has been named "coronavirus disease 2019" (abbreviated "COVID-19"). This situation poses a serious public health risk. The federal government is working closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners as well as public health partners, to respond to this situation. COVID-19 can cause mild to severe illness; most severe illness occurs in adults 65 years and older and people of any age with serious underlying medical problems.
After requiring all "non-essential" businesses to close, the Mills Administration is now restarting Maine's economy with a staged approach.
Avoid and help suppress the spread of coronavirus by carefully following public health guidance:
Plan for the possibility that members of your household may contract coronavirus disease. Most cases are not serious; some people get exposed to coronavirus and have few or even no symptoms of illness. A small percentage of cases progress rapidly to respiratory problems that are hard to treat. See Official Information above for specific recommendations for getting your household ready for COVID-19 and what to do if you are sick with COVID-19.
A virus (nucleic acids enclosed in a lipid and protein coat) identified as SARS-CoV-2, a type of coronavirus, is spreading from person to person around the world. In some people, this coronavirus causes serous complications that kill or require intensive hospital care to prevent death. In most people, this coronavirus appears to cause only mild symptoms; some contagious people may show no symptoms at all. The elderly and people with certain medical conditions may be more likely to suffer serious complications, for reasons that are not yet fully understood.
The first known cases of COVID-19 were discovered in December 2019. The genetic code for SARS-CoV-2, the disease-causing virion, has been sequenced. Scientists and doctors around the world are seeking effective treatments for COVID-19. Vaccines for SARS-CoV-2 are in development.
The goal of "social distancing" measures, including closing schools and businesses, is to reduce the transmission rate of coronavirus infections. By "flattening the curve" of new cases over time, we help our healthcare system manage the COVID-19 caseload. Some countries, such as Singapore and South Korea, may now be effectively suppressing the spread of coronavirus despite the lack of a vaccine or community immunity. Some countries, including New Zealand and Iceland, may even have successfully eradicated SARS-CoV-2 from their population.
For current needs, opportunities to help, and services available to support people in Brunswick and the surrounding communities during the pandemic, see:
Hadley and I send our love to you and your family. May you and your family and friends stay safe, and may our whole community act with love and courage to carry us through this challenge.
Stay safe. Stay well. Stay strong. We are all in this together.