COVID-19 Information Hub
Cases of COVID-19 in Knox County have begun to rise, including cases in our own community. We are being extra vigilant here at the St. George CDC so that we can continue to be there for you. Please join us in being extra cautious.
The best safety measures include associating only with a small, tight bubble of family and friends, and doing that outdoors as much as you can. Practice social distancing and wear a mask to protect your family and your community. If you or a family member has any hint of symptoms, please stay home and contact your physician. Please be extra cautious when attending school, visiting stores, restaurants, and even doctor’s offices.
Our community has been so fortunate in being able to have kids return to school and parents return to work. Let’s do what we can to prevent the recent uptick from impacting us.
For more information on the current state directives and recommendations visit: https://www.maine.gov/covid19/
If you need support from the Community Development Corporation, please call us at 207-372-2193 or email us at email@example.com.
CURRENT VACCINATION INFORMATION
Alert: Maine’s supply of vaccine will increase significantly the week of April 26, so this may be a good week to find appointments!
If you have traveled during school vacation, consider getting your children tested or keeping them at home until you are sure that they have not contracted COVID-19
NOTE: St. George Ambulance will be running COVID vaccine clinics starting April 9, 2021. Below is the link to find an open appointment. If the site is full, keep looking for cancellations and updated dates. We will be adding dates and times as soon as we have confirmation of more vaccines available to our site. If you would like to be on a cancellation list for the day of the clinics or have any questions please call 207-975-6053 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I know that widespread vaccination is the only way to a timely end of the COVID-19 pandemic, but how do I get vaccinated?
All Mainers 16 and over are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.
The full range of options for vaccination are listed by town at https://vaccinateme.maine.gov/
Please be extra careful until you are fully vaccinated — continue to mask, socially distance, and minimize indoor contact with people outside of your household.
If you do not have transportation to a vaccination site, Neighbor to Neighbor is providing ride services, using all COVID-19 protocols. Call their dispatcher at 207-691-7069.
Current Executive Orders
All current State of Maine Executive Orders for residents and visitors can be found at:
If you need food, prescriptions or other essentials, please check our flyer for updated options to reduce your contact with other residents during quarantine
For information about symptoms, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you are sick, consult the US CDC website:
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately
- Dial 911
- Community Paramedic (Amy Drinkwater) 207-975-6053
- Maine Statewide Crisis Hotline 1-888-568-1112
Testing for COVID-19
Rules on testing prioritization continue to change. See the current Maine guidelines here:
Pen Bay Medical Center is following Maine Health’s guidelines on testing availability, which can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions section, Who can get a COVID-19 test at MaineHealth care locations?
Free Swab and Send Testing Center Open at Pen Bay Medical Center
MaineHealth and the Maine Department of Health and Human Services have announced the opening of five new COVID-19 “swab and send” sites, including one in Rockport. The drive-through testing site is at Pen Bay Medical Center at 8 Wellness Avenue.
You don’t have to be a current MaineHealth patient to be tested, and you can get tested if you believe you may have COVID-19 or if you are at a high risk for exposure as defined by the DHHS standing order. Testing is free. To make an appointment, call 207-301-3040, and to find other testing sites search here.
8 Wellness Ave., Rockland
Dorothy White Building in the ER parking lot
35 Miles Avenue., Damariscotta
Preventing the Spread
What you can do to help prevent the spread, including wearing a mask as per Governor Mills’ Executive Order:
The US Centers for Disease Control recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
If you are the caretaker for a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, follow these detailed guidelines.
If you have been exposed to someone who had or develops COVID-19 symptoms, you and your household should self-quarantine for 14 days
Individual Financial Assistance/Unemployment
File a claim here: https://reemployme.maine.gov or call 1 (800) 593-7660 Monday-Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
Benefits, rules, and payment expectations are changing daily. For the latest on them: https://www.maine.gov/unemployment/
Unemployment for the Self-Employed (Pandemic Unemployment Assistance)
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides unemployment coverage for the self-employed and others not normally covered by state unemployment insurance. There are a wide number workers not traditionally covered by unemployment who are now eligible. PUA was created through the federal CARES Act and provides up to 39 weeks of benefits through December 26, 2020.
Unemployment Claim Assistance
The Jackson Memorial Library has staff who can assist you in applying for Unemployment. Contact them at: (207) 372-8961
Paid Sick Leave THROUGH Dec. 31, 2020
You may be eligible for paid sick leave if you are affected by COVID-19. More information here:
Economic Impact Payment DEADLINE Nov. 21, 2020
U.S. residents will receive the Economic Impact Payment of $1,200 for individual or head of household filers, and $2,400 for married filing jointly if they are not a dependent of another taxpayer and have a work eligible Social Security number with adjusted gross income in an eligible range. More information. here:
If you are a non-filer of taxes, you are still eligible:
What if I lost my insurance or don’t have any?
You may be eligible for free or low-cost insurance through MaineCare or the Marketplace. You may also be eligible for other programs that can help with the costs of COVID-19 testing and other medical care you may need. More information here:
The MaineHousing COVID-19 Rent Relief Program is for renters who cannot afford to pay their rent due to circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic. The program is designed to provide a one time payment of up to $500, until the federal relief funds get to the individuals who need them.
More on the program including eligibility and application here:
A landlord can evict you under certain circumstances. For more information on your rights and actions you can take, Pine Tree Legal has provided a good current overview:
Mortgage & Debt Relief
If you can pay your mortgage, pay your mortgage. Don’t call your mortgage servicer if you aren’t facing an immediate issue. Mortgage servicers are getting a lot of calls and need to first help those who won’t be able to pay their mortgage. Check their website first for possible options.
If you can’t pay your mortgage, or can only pay a portion, contact your mortgage servicer immediately. You may need to stay on the phone for a while before the servicer is able to take your call. Loan servicers are also impacted by the pandemic, so may be working with staffing and technology limitations. Please be sure to read this blog carefully so you are prepared for this conversation.
Student Debt Relief:
Student loan borrowers now have more benefits to consider when planning for the potential financial impact from coronavirus. A new federal law, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, provides automatic suspension of principal and interest payments on federally-held student loans through September 30, 2020.
Bangor Savings is offering a Specific Unsecured Loan to all qualified borrowers to ease the financial burdens created by COVID-19. Click here to apply online.
Bartender Emergency Relief Foundation: https://www.usbgfoundation.org/beap
Maine AFL-CIO: (207) 622-9675. Will help with questions about accessing unemployment insurance if you are unable to reach the Maine Department of Labor. https://maineaflcio.org/
Food/Child Care/Healthcare and other Emergency Assistance
All St. George residents in need of food assistance are welcome to sign up for our Community Cupboard:
The Community Development Corporation also has an Emergency Fund available for residents.
- Assistance may be requested to fund an emergency situation, but all payments will be made directly to the vendor/service provider.
- The program starts January 1 and concludes when the program budget is reached.
- Assistance is issued by appointment only and an application must be completed. Applications are then reviewed for approval.
- The assistance amount is limited to $250 per household per program year.
- To apply make an appointment by calling 207-372-2193 or emailing email@example.com
Maine has a variety of programs available to qualified needy families. For more on the range of programs:
Small Business Assistance
Maine Economic Recovery Grant Program Application
The application deadline is November 3, 2020. Supports Maine businesses and nonprofits as they continue to grapple with economic hardships caused by COVID-19. The grants, which are backed by $200 million from the CARES Act, are intended to help sustain Maine’s small businesses and nonprofits and will provide short-term relief to help stabilize Maine’s economy while still focusing on the state’s long-term goals described in the state’s 10-year strategic economic development plan. More information and applications can be found here:
Maine Micro-Enterprise Business Grant Program
The Maine Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) in partnership with the Maine Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) will provide grants of up to $5,000 for businesses with five or fewer employees, with an owner whose income is in the low to moderate range as defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). More information here:
Paycheck Protection Program
NOTE: As of August 8, 2020, the Paycheck Protection Program is closed.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small businesses, including agricultural businesses, and non-profit organizations in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories can, as of June 15, 2020, again apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). The EIDL program is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19. More information is available here:
MaineStream Finance Business Booster Loan
MaineStream Finance is offering a Business Booster Loan of
- Loan up to $10,000 to cover up to two months of working capital/operating expenses.
- 2-year term
- Initial few months of payments may be covered by SBA
- Other flexible payment arrangements available
- Fast turn-around, less than 2 weeks/10-business days
Additional Medical/Support Resources
PenBay Medical Center has new policies to ensure patient and visitor safety during the pandemic:
Maine Family Planning: (207) 922-3222. Financially accessible, non-judgmental reproductive health care. People also sometimes use Maine Family Planning as primary care providers. Call (207) 922-3222 to see how they can help you and to make an appointment. https://mainefamilyplanning.org/our-services/covid19/
Knox Clinic Clinic: (207) 301-6996, firstname.lastname@example.org
In this crisis, Knox Clinic’s services and availability continue to evolve. More information is available here:
Testing Costs: Governor Mills had previously made an “insurance emergency order” and the state has committed to cover COVID-19 testing for those with Mainecare. However, the cost of treatment is still not necessarily covered by all insurance plans. If you are concerned about treatment costs, speak with the Knox County Health Clinic, or inquire about a waiver at Pen Bay Medical Center.
St. George Community Paramedicine is excited to help with your telehealth appointment! If your doctor is offering telehealth visits, but you don’t have the technology—or the know-how—they can help. Our Community Paramedics have received several telehealth compatible devices through a grant, and have the training to help you connect with your doctor. Contact them to discuss how to set up these appointments in the safety of your home. The community paramedics can even assist with the actual appointment, taking vital signs and providing other examination findings to your doctor. This is just one of the many community health services they offer, many of which are free of charge. To learn more call 207-372-6122 or 207-975-6053.
Rockland District Nursing Association has continuously provided essential in-home nursing services through the pandemic and are visiting.
Domestic and Sexual Violence Support
New Hope for Women: Domestic violence helpline remains open 24/7: 1 (800) 522-3304. New Hope for Women offers non-judgmental advocacy, support as well as legal assistance for those who are victims/survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. www.newhopeforwomen.org/ “To all of the victim-survivors that will likely be disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic: We see you. You Matter. We are here for you.”
Statewide Domestic Violence Helpline: 1 (866) 834-4357; www.mcedv.org. Information, crisis counseling, emotional support and advocacy.
Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine: 24/7 Helpline: 1 (800) 871-7741; texting M-F 8AM-5PM; https://www.sassmm.org/
Alcoholics Anonymous meetings by phone: 2PM daily; 425-436-6360; access code: 422932#
Narcotics Anonymous meetings online: https://virtual-na.org/meetings/
Narcotics Anonymous: 1 (800) 974-0062; www.namaine.org.
Naloxone from Maine Access Points: (207) 319-8823. For naloxone (Narcan), reach out via text or phone: “We are doing brief video chat or phone training and will mail you a kit to any location in Maine. Sending much love and care.”
Rockland Recovery Dharma: Meetings held regularly: https://recoverydharma.org/meeting-list
Statewide Al-Anon: 1-800-498-1844; www.maineafg.org. Help for families and friends of people struggling with alcoholism.
Maine Statewide Crisis Hotline 24/7: 1 (888) 568-1112. For immediate crisis-oriented help.
Speak to a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in St. George for FREE. Call 207-372-2193 to schedule an appointment.
Sadly, there has been a rise in online and phone scams related to COVID-19 and the Coronavirus.
General COVID-19 Scam Awareness
- Hang up on robocalls. Don’t press any numbers. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from scam Coronavirus treatments to work-at-home schemes. The recording might say that pressing a number will let you speak to a live operator or remove you from their call list, but it might lead to more robocalls, instead.
- Ignore online offers for vaccinations and home test kits. Scammers are trying to get you to buy products that aren’t proven to treat or prevent the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — online or in stores. At this time, there also are no FDA-authorized home test kits for the Coronavirus. Visit the FDA to learn more.
- Fact-check information. Scammers, and sometimes well-meaning people, share information that hasn’t been verified. Before you pass on any messages, contact trusted sources. Visit What the U.S. Government is Doing for links to federal, state and local government agencies.
- Know who you’re buying from. Online sellers may claim to have in-demand products, like cleaning, household, and health and medical supplies when, in fact, they don’t.
- Don’t respond to texts and emails about checks from the government. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money is a scammer.
- Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device.
- Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying they have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it.
Food Access and Assistance
St George Municipal School Unit is providing meals for families who qualify. To register visit: https://foodorder.stgeorgemsu.org/
St. George Community Cupboard is providing food and hygiene items to any resident of St. George. Complete the online order form to receive a food box any week or call 207-372-2193. www.stgeorgecommunity.org/cupboardorder/
Schooner Bay Taxi (594-5000), Joe’s Taxi (975-3560), and Craft Delivery Service in Camden (542-0360) deliver for quite a few businesses.
Tenants Harbor and Port Clyde General Stores are offering delivery via their Provisions Plus Service. Call (207)-542-8352 for details.
Neighbor to Neighbor (691-7069) will pick up groceries and medications for those unable to afford a paid delivery service, are unable to do it for themselves or who are quarantining due to COVID-19.
Meals on Wheels
Spectrum Generations, the organization who runs MidCoast Meals on Wheels has changed their qualification criteria. Now, anyone over the age of 60 who is practicing social distancing in Brunswick, Harpswell or Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Somerset and Waldo counties, can receive free meals through the service.
Each Meals on Wheels recipient receives two food deliveries per week, which include two or three frozen meals, fruit, bread, juice or milk and a snack or treat. The meals are designed to be healthy and low in sodium.
To get started contact a Nutrition Coordinator at: 207.790.6021
SNAP/TANF and Other Benefits
Maine has a variety of programs available to qualified needy families. For more on the range of programs:
Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry (AIO): (207) 596-1043; email@example.com 70 Thomaston St., Rockland. Services and hours have changed due to COVID-19. More here on current services:
WIC (Midcoast Maine Community Action): Appointments over the phone, checks will be mailed. Make sure they have an up-to-date phone number for you. Call or text: (207) 319-04757 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 7 Union St., Rockland. https://midcoastmainecommunityaction.org/
Thomaston Food Pantry (Serves all of Knox County): 246 Main St, 2nd floor, (207) 354-6004. www.thomastonfoodpantry.org; Tues and Thurs 9-11 AM
Rockland Salvation Army: (207) 594-5326; 27 Payne Avenue, Rockland. More on their current schedule and services here:
Saint Bernard’s Bagged lunches, M-F 11:30 AM-12 PM, 150 Broadway Ave., Rockland (207) 594-5204
Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen: Weekend bagged lunches to go; Saturday 12:30; Sunday 1:00; 11 White Street, Rockland (207) 594-8232
Meals on Wheels for Seniors 60+ MCH Rockland Kitchen Manager (207) 594-2740
Stores Offering Shopping Hours for Seniors 60+, People with Disabilities, Immunocompromised, Pregnant and other potentially vulnerable people: Rockland Hannaford: Tuesday-Thursday, 6-7 AM. Stores close at 9 PM. Shaw’s: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-9 AM. The store now closes at 8 PM. Walmart: Tuesdays, 6-7 AM. The store now closes at 8:30 PM.
Maine Farm Directory of Direct Food Pickup and Delivery: Many farms across Maine have added alternative ways customers can obtain farm products to accommodate for social distancing: https://extension.umaine.edu/agriculture/farm-product-and-pickup-directory/?fbclid=IwAR0cquBAWtWENm—aI1MbYiP-6MOmqU_QkTv7yZQfwIjmTku3fy-DiLjtg
Maine’s Working Waterfront-Seafood Connect: “In the midst of everything happening in the world, the fishing community has been hit hard. With seafood distributors and restaurants closing their doors, we connect you with the fresh seafood you’re looking for at an “off the boat” price. You need food- We need to unload traps-Let’s connect.” Oysters, lobsters, crabs, etc. Mostly in Rockland, Thomaston, Belfast. https://www.facebook.com/Maines-Working-Waterfront-Seafood-Connect-109503980681535/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARBRJcyUAhDFeM3CAdqrRZnewqZW4fyBM3EU0us-jiX1V9ep5ArlDqBiMVyOgQcsP8rjFlNxNPjpBdV4
St. George Businesses are offering takeout and curbside service. We’re featuring them as part of our Buy St. George Campaign:
St George Neighbor to Neighbor: As of August 9, 2020 Neighbor to Neighbor has resumed ride services in addition to their ongoing delivery services. If you need services, call their dispatcher at 207-691-7069.
Concord Coachlines: As of August 16, 2020, services is resumed with limitations. See: https://concordcoachlines.com/
DASH Bus, Midcoast Public Transportation: (800) 439-7865;
Service remains limited. To schedule a pickup or for more information please call customer service at 207 338 4769, Monday through Friday from 8:00am – 4:00pm.
If you are struggling with housing issues, Maine Equal Justice has a comprehensive guide of available options:
Knox County Homeless Coalition: Rockport Campus: (207) 593-8151
The Landing Place: (207) 466-9285. Reach out by phone first rather than physically dropping in. Many life-saving support services will be available to those who need it by contacting a Case Manager via phone. www.homehelphope.org
As of 6/3/2020 the Knox County Courthouse has reopened, between 8:00AM and 4:00 PM, with restrictions on who can enter.
FAQ about the many COVID-19 court changes in Maine from Pine Tree Legal Assistance.
Maine residents who have legal questions about how they are being impacted by the coronavirus pandemic can get free answers from the website, maine.freelegalanswers.org, staffed by the Volunteer Lawyers Project
Maine Equal Justice: 1 (866) 626-7059. Nonprofit civil legal aid and economic justice organization working to increase economic security, opportunity, and equity for people in Maine. https://maineequaljustice.org/people/covid-19-resources/
Pine Tree Legal Assistance: (207) 622-4731; call-in hours for the office that serves Knox County are Mondays 12 PM-2:30 PM, Tuesdays 9 AM-11:30 AM, and Thursdays 9 AM-11:30 AM. https://ptla.org/ Pine Tree Legal Assistance provides free civil legal assistance “in cases where it can make a difference in one’s ability to meet one’s basic human needs or in enforcing one’s basic human rights, including access to housing, food, income, safety, education, and healthcare.”
Community & Social Media Resources
St. George Community Message Board Facebook Page:
Our community also maintains a no-graphics information site with local updates as an alternative to the local Facebook page:
Maine COVID-19 Resources for Older Adults:
Coping During Quarantine: “Our hope is that we can use this group to share tips, tricks, and activities that can help to manage feelings of stress and anxiety and promote self-care.” https://www.facebook.com/groups/916013965524956/
Midcoast Care Collective. Mobilizing collective response to needs in the Midcoast Community. Ask for help, offer help. Crowdsourcing needs for food and resources, virtual educational resources, opportunities for online social connection, mental/physical/emotional/spiritual health support, and updated information on various community organizations. https://www.facebook.com/groups/517135442496135/
Midcoast Maine Helpers. Crowdsourcing for local needs and support, such as childcare, food, toilet paper, diapers, mental health, rides, money, etc. https://www.facebook.com/groups/631981134013798/
Maine Coronavirus Community Assistance. Community aid related to the Coronavirus response. https://www.facebook.com/groups/mainecoronaviruscommunityassistance/
Suddenly Homeschooling Support Group. For families with children, homeschoolers, and educators affected by the COVID-19 virus school closures. https://www.facebook.com/groups/224050045444679/
How you can help
Many of us are looking for ways to feel useful in our community. Here are some you can do now:
- Donate: The Community Cupboard is looking for cash and food donations to help support our neighbors in need. You can donate online or by check. We are also accepting food donations left safely outside our facility in the donation box.
- Volunteer: The St. George CDC keeps a list of open, safe volunteer opportunities in the community:
- Support a local business: Consider safely spending in your community, including ordering food for pickup from local restaurants and buying from local providers. Follow our Buy St. George campaign to learn more:
- Thank a teacher: Our St. George School has adapted incredibly well to this difficult challenge, working to keep students safe and engaged. Our teachers and staff are always in need of kind words from the community
- Support a neighbor: Call on a neighbor to chat.
- Help with deliveries: Our Community Cupboard is on safe, drop off delivery only service now. If you’d like to help call 372.2193.
- The State of Maine has a resource list for additional ways you can help: MaineHelps.com