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Please visit this page for Bangor-area public health resources and up-to-date information during the COVID-19 pandemic. Information will be updated daily.

The following public health information aligns with the latest US CDC and Maine CDC guidance, and is provided under the direction of Patty Hamilton, APRN, Director, City of Bangor, Department of Public Health and Community Services.

Click on the + and – signs next to each title below to read the content in each section.

We all need to do our part to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Social distancing is very important during this time.  Social distancing, simply put, means keeping space between yourself and others.

Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and what you do can increase the risks for others.  

Here's what to do now:

  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Keep at least 6 ft. of space between yourself and others who are not in your household.
  • Limit visitors to your home.
  • Avoid group settings or crowds. Right now, no more than 10 people should gather at a time.
  • If you do need to go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
  • Be sure you have enough medication and other supplies to stay at home.

The President has released the following guidelines to slow the spread of the disease.

15 Days to Slow the Spread

Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.

Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible.

Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people. 

Avoid eating or drinking at bars or restaurants.  Use drive-thru, pick up, or delivery options.

Do not visit nursing homes, retirement, or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.

Practice good hygiene. 

  • Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used items or surfaces
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away.  Or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

Click here for more information about THE PRESIDENT'S CORONAVIRUS GUIDELINES FOR AMERICA.

Continue to check this section for updated guidance from Patty Hamilton, APRN, and Maine CDC, as the guidance for our state and local community may change based on local conditions.

US CDC recommends daily cleaning and disinfecting of regularly touched areas like: tables, doorknobs, light switches, counter tops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.

The first step is to clean surfaces if they are dirty. Use detergent or soap and water for this part of the job.

Next, it's time to disinfect.

To disinfect:
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Options include:

  • Diluting your household bleach.
    To make a bleach solution, mix:

    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
      OR
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water. Follow manufacturer’s instructions on how to apply and how much fresh air (ventilation) is needed. Check to ensure the bleach is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
  • Alcohol solutions.
    Make sure the solution has at least 70% alcohol.
  • Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
    Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).

Click here for detailed disinfecting directions.

If someone in your home is sick, disinfecting and safely dealing with dishes, laundry, and trash will help protect others.  Follow the US CDC directions to disinfect your home.

Hand washing is one of the most important ways you can keep from getting sick and spreading germs to others. It is a simple but mighty tool!  Follow these directions for hand washing.

  • 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. Click here to watch a quick video on proper hand washing.
  • If soap and water are not 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.
  • Additional key times to clean hands include:
    After using the restroom
    Before eating or preparing food
    After contact with animals or pets
    Before and after providing routine care for another person who needs assistance (e.g. a child)

The Maine Council on Aging has put together this handout on how to make safe deliveries for a
vulnerable community member during COVID-19.

Thanks to all who are volunteering to get food and supplies to others in our community.

 

Are you looking for a way to help your friends and neighbors? The United Way of Eastern Maine has established THE COVID-19 VOLUNTEER RESPONSE SITE to assist community organizations in our area.

Several local dentists are available for emergencies, even though they are closed for routine appointments.

Click here for a list of dentists including information about which ones accept MaineCare (and other insurance) and who will see people who aren't their established patients.  List sorted by extractions, general dentists, and children's dentists.

Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Managing stress and anxiety during this time is important for all of us.  Taking care of our mental health goes along with taking care of our physical health.

This list of resources to manage stress and anxiety was compiled by our friends at Casco Bay CAN.  It has great information for adults and youth.

As always, make sure you're getting enough sleep, eating nutritious foods, and getting exercise. Those actions support our physical and mental health, too.

We all have mental health, and it's okay to talk about.  Let's continue to support each other during this time.

We'll continue to update this area with new information.

The City of Bangor does not recommend using playground equipment at this time.

COVID-19 can live on surfaces for up to three days, and there is no routine cleaning or disinfecting of these areas.

If equipment is used, keep 6 feet apart and have no more than 10 people at a time.

Be sure to wash hands (or use hand sanitizer) frequently, especially before and after use.

We recognize outdoor play is important for children, especially right now.  Parks and trails remain open for use with proper social distancing, and the recommendation to avoid using any park equipment.

The health and safety of everyone in our community is our top priority.

Schools are working hard to make sure students have access to food during this time.

Bangor School Dept student meals may be picked up Monday - Friday between 12-1 pm from any of the following schools: Abraham Lincoln, Downeast, Vine, Fairmount, and Doughty, Corner of Bolling and Mitchell; 979 Essex St (Holiday MHP); Cameron Stadium Mt Hope parking lot; Bangor Tire on Market St; Ranger Inn. Time is 12-1, same as the Abraham Lincoln, Vine Street, Downeast, Fairmount, and Doughty school sites.

In the event that someone cannot get transportation to a site, please call your child’s school and they will see what they can do to transport to you.

Please check the Bangor School Dept FaceBook page and website for updates to this information.  If you do not live in Bangor, please check your students' school website and Facebook pages for meal site information.

We're currently working on a list of faith-based organizations who are offering online services/sermons/worship opportunities.  Please contact us if you'd like your place of worship  listed.

The following guide provides basic work place, school, home, and commercial establishment hygiene, cleaning and work-flow information.

Quick Guide

Learn how to prepare and take action. Click to review the comprehensive tool kits created by US CDC.

At Home

Homeless Shelters

Community & Faith Settings

Schools and Childcare

Businesses & Employers

Events and Gatherings

Get the latest public health information, directly from the following sources:

US CDC and Maine CDC