Sheriff suspends all jail visits

First Knox County COVID-19 case confirmed

Pen Bay YMCA to close Tuesday until April 1
By Stephen Betts | Mar 16, 2020

Augusta — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced late Monday morning that the first case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Knox County.

The patient is a man in his 30s. No additional details were released.

This brings the total number of positive and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 cases in Maine to 17. Two are in Lincoln County, one in Androscoggin, and 13 in Cumberland County.

Dr. Nirav Shah, Maine's CDC director, announced the cases at a news conference in Augusta on March 16.

"We realize this is a time of uncertainty, a time of great challenge. My request to everybody is to do two things. First continue to take care of yourself. Do all the things you would otherwise be doing to stay healthy, eat a good diet, get a good night sleep, exercise when you can, spend time with your family," Dr. Shah said.

Dr. Shah continued to urge people to practice social distancing but said not social isolation. He said he expected community transmission to be seen in other Maine counties in addition to Cumberland County.

All schools in the region have closed as of Monday. Most towns have canceled all but emergency meetings, the courts have limited their proceedings.

The Penobscot Bay YMCA announced Monday it would close as of Tuesday, March 17 and plans to re-open on Wednesday, April 1.

The Owls Head Transportation Museum is closing March 16 through March 29.

The Owls Head town office will be closed thru April 02, 2020.

South Thomaston town office is closed to the public. Essential business can be conducted through phone, mail or email.

Sheriff announce new policy

And Knox County Sheriff Tim Carroll announced Monday morning that all visits to the Knox County Jail are suspended, no more fingerprinting, and no new serving civil papers. The sheriff also announced that all non-emergency responses will be done by telephone and any in-person non-emergency matter will be conducted outside if possible.

"These are all temporary measures intended to slow the spread of illness among my staff so I can avoid having to implement more drastic measures. My command staff and I will be reevaluating theses on a daily basis and will update you all as we return to normal operations over the next several weeks," the Sheriff said.

The Maine Judiciary announced Monday that effective immediately outstanding arrest warrants for unpaid fines, unpaid court-appointed fees, failure to appear for unpaid fine hearings, and other failure to appear for unpaid items in court have been vacated.

The order does not erase the requirement to pay the fines or other assessments.

District Attorney Natasha Irving said the state does not want anyone arrested on warrants unless absolutely necessary to public safety.

Comments (6)
Posted by: Valerie Wass | Mar 17, 2020 08:02

Richard,

Families need income. How will they receive it if all restaurants, Bars and Gyms close down?



Posted by: Ken Pierce | Mar 16, 2020 21:28

We should have been acting like it was here a week ago and not waiting for it. We would be much further ahead of this thing.



Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Mar 16, 2020 17:33

It is time for Rockland city council to step up and pass an emergency declaration for 15 days to implement what the President suggested; including; but not exclusively;  closing restaurants, bars, gyms etc., and groups no more than 10. Have noticed some of our business establishments are already complying.



Posted by: Carleton Ingerson | Mar 16, 2020 17:03

I think it is a crying shame that some people have to be so greedy and buy up all of the needed supplies...Just how much toilet paper does anyone need???



Posted by: Nicholas Westervelt | Mar 16, 2020 16:56

Well, we're all glad it won't stop you from posting on the Village soup!



Posted by: Kendall Merriam | Mar 16, 2020 13:54

Maine's CDC doctor seems to be ignoring (as is our federal gov't) some prudent covid-19 recommendations, e.g. Britain has recommended their vulnerable elderly population protect themselves by self-quarantine at home. That's what I, my spouse and friends are doing.



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