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South Thomaston joins movement, asks visitors to self isolate

Mar 26, 2020

South Thomaston — South Thomaston has joined with other communities in Maine asking visitors from outside Maine to self-quarantine for 14 days before going to public buildings.

The advisory from the municipal government, issued March 26, asks visitors not to go to public buildings including the South Thomaston Post Office, Spruce Head Post Office, the Keag Store, and Maritime Farms store.

"You can and should absolutely still order food from these establishments, but you should arrange pick up to minimize potential exposure to the public," the town notice states.

The town office is closed to the public.

"Seasonal visitors, If you normally live elsewhere isolating at home instead of in South Thomaston is safer for the following reasons.

Seasonal visitors and property owners should be aware that South Thomaston and surrounding towns have very limited food and medical resources compared to metropolitan areas elsewhere.

Unlike metropolitan areas, food and supply delivery services are nonexistent, so people needing to resupply must still visit stores, greatly raising their personal risk of infection.

Compared to other states, Maine has extremely few doctors, ICU beds and respirators, so persons becoming infected in Maine may have no recourse for hospital care.

Social distancing is as important now as it has been. It is recommended that people stay a minimum of 6 feet apart and distance yourself from groups over 10 people. It is recommended to stay home if at all possible to reduce the spread of this novel virus."

If anyone is experiencing flu-like symptoms, it is imperative to quarantine and follow the steps below for testing.

Testing for COVID-19 Both Pen Bay and Miles hospitals have set up testing clinics that are open daily. Both are located outside the main hospital areas to lower the risk of cross-contamination.

Given the number of testing kits in Maine is very limited, both hospitals require patients with primary physicians to call their primary physician first. If the primary physician determines a test is needed, the physician then should call one of these clinics directly to secure a testing slot for the patient.

Patients without a primary care physician can call directly to be screened by a nurse.

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