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Coronavirus resources available

Mar 12, 2020

Maine and Midcoast organizations are taking steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. For many, this will mean using online resources more frequently.

Courier Publications will offer an ongoing list of local and statewide virus-related resources. New resources will be added to the list as they become available.

Maine CDC announces 24/7 Coronavirus information access

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and 211 Maine announced March 12 a new option for Mainers to get answers to questions about the 2019 novel coronavirus at any time. This service is available by dialing 211 (or 1-866-811-5695), texting a ZIP code to 898-211, or email .

Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap is encouraging all Maine residents to use the Department of the Secretary of State’s online services. The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles offers a wide range of services online, including license renewal, vehicle registration renewal, replacement titles, over-limit permits, and more. Maine BMV online services can be found at

Not all transactions can be conducted via the online services, including issuance of Real IDs, some license renewals and driver license testing. Those who are unable to conduct their transactions online and have concerns about visiting a branch in person should call the BMV Main Office at 624-9000.

School meals continue with changes

The Maine Department of Education’s Child Nutrition Team received approval March 12 for a waiver from United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services. The waiver will allow schools to provide meals offsite to students, if the school or community currently has, or qualifies for, a USDA Summer Food Service Program. The Department of Education applied for the waiver as it continues to assist Maine schools in the proactive planning for a disruption to schools in the face of the concerns of the coronavirus.

These USDA-supported meals are available at no cost to low-income children, and under the waiver are not required to be served in a group setting (called congregate feeding), to ensure kids receive nutritious meals in the event schools are temporarily closed. Approved meal sponsors can then allow meals to be taken away from the site and consumed elsewhere, thereby allowing for social distancing.

Following approval of the waiver, the Maine DOE is working on further guidance to schools and will make that information available as soon as possible.





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Comments (1)
Posted by: Kendall Merriam | Mar 12, 2020 20:33

These resources are good but there are no tests for covid-19 available to mid-coast residents or indeed to most Americans. We are so behind developed countries and especially China which provides health care providers and others with haz-mat suiting and breathing masks. All we have are those simple disposable masks, which are running out or not even available, and no protective suiting for those health care providers who are and will be treating covid-19 patients. Penbay Med. Ctr. has been stretched thin with seasonal flu. How will they cope when the corona virus covid-19 reaches us.

-Phyllis Merriam

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