Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Resources
The Office of Community Development has created a page to help connect Orono residents to important and helpful resources for dealing with effects of the Covid-19 pandemic:
As confirmed cases of coronavirus in Maine increase, the important thing to do is stay informed and take precautions to keep yourself and others in our community safe from infection.
PLEASE NOTE: Official news and announcements from the Town of Orono regarding coronavirus response and strategies will be posted here.
- Beginning 04/02, Governor Janet Mills has enacted a stay-at-home mandate which includes the following points:
- don’t leave home except for essential jobs, purchases & exercise
- when exercising outdoors, keep at least 6 feet from others
- travel OK to care for family
- travel in vehicles only with people in your household / those you’re caring for
- grocery stores, pharmacies and health care providers will stay open
- the order limits the use of public transportation for anything but essential purposes
The more we heed these points, the faster we all get past the worst of this pandemic.
- 03/16 UPDATE from Town of Orono:
All Municipal Buildings are closed to the public. Staff will be working to provide services remotely. View full statement here.
- 03/20 UPDATE from Orono Public Schools Superintendent Meredith Higgins:
"RSU 26 schools, in coordination with other area school districts, will continue with remote learning days through at least April 17th. April vacation will still be observed during the week of April 20-24. The tentative date for return to school is April 27th; however, this date is subject to change as the situation develops."
- Current worldwide statistics are available in this interactive map from the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.
- Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention COVID-19 website (updated regularly)
- More information and resources from Penobscot County Emergency Management Agency
- View the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Coronavirus website
- UMaine COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions page
- World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 FAQs
- Talking with your children about coronavirus? Here’s some help from Scholastic Books: Breaking Down the Outbreak
The following information is culled from these sources to help you make some sense out of the barrage of news out there. Stay informed, be proactive, and help yourself and each other!
COVID-19 SYMPTOMS MAY DEVELOP WITHIN 14 DAYS OF EXPOSURE AND INCLUDE:
TRANSMISSION AND DIAGNOSIS
The virus that causes COVID-19:
- Usually spreads from close person-to-person contact through respiratory droplets from coughing and sneezing.
- May also spread through airborne transmission, when tiny droplets remain in the air even after the person with the virus leaves the area.
- Can only be diagnosed with a laboratory test.
Underlying medical conditions that may increase the risk of serious COVID-19 for individuals of any age
• Blood disorders (e.g., sickle cell disease or on blood thinners)
• Chronic kidney disease as defined by your doctor. Patient has been told to avoid or reduce the dose of mdications because kidney disease, or is under treatment for kidney disease, including receiving dialysis
• Chronic liver disease as defined by your doctor. (e.g., cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis) Patient has been told to avoid or reduce the dose of medications because liver disease or is under treatment for liver disease.
• Compromised immune system (immunosuppression) (e.g., seeing a doctor for cancer and treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation, received an organ or bone marrow transplant, taking high doses of corticosteroids or other immunosuppressant medications, HIV or AIDS)
• Current or recent pregnancy in the last two weeks
• Endocrine disorders (e.g., diabetes mellitus)
• Metabolic disorders (such as inherited metabolic disorders and mitochondrial disorders)
• Heart disease (such as congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease)
• Lung disease including asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (chronic bronchitis or emphysema) or other chronic conditions associated with impaired lung function or that require home oxygen
• Neurological and neurologic and neurodevelopment conditions [including disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve, and muscle such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy (seizure disorders), stroke, intellectual disability, moderate to severe developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, or spinal cord injury]
Take steps to protect yourself and others
Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.
Cover coughs and sneezes
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear a facemask if you are sick
- If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room.
- If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
Clean and disinfect
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
- Complete disinfection guidance from the CDC