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Dear Community Members,
 
Please take note of these 3 items related to COVID-19:
#1: The State of Maine sent out a press release yesterday to announce that “the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (U.S. CDC) updated face covering guidance, which recommends that:
  • all people, regardless of vaccination status, wear face coverings in indoor, public settings in areas with “substantial” or “high” levels of community transmission”
As of 9:00 am on Thursday, July 29, 2021, Waldo County is the only county in Maine at the “substantial” level and all other counties, including Lincoln and Knox, are at the “moderate” level. Monhegan Plantation will issue notices and post signs if Lincoln or Knox County move to the “substantial” or “high” risk designations. The U.S. CDC COVID Data Tracker is available to stay up-to-date on the risk status of all counties in Maine, as well as all counties across the United States. It is updated daily by 8 pm.

#2: Please take the time to fully review the latest guidance. In light of newly emerging information about the Delta variant of the COVID virus, guidance for fully vaccinated individuals has changed regarding mask wearing, as well as actions to take if exposed to someone with known or suspected COVID-19. Maine CDC’s FAQ page is a helpful resource to understand the impact of the latest guidance. If you or someone you know still needs help understanding the changes (or how to get vaccinated), please contact us at the phone numbers below.
 
#3: PLEASE keep a REUSABLE mask handy when on the island and traveling and encourage the same of others to reduce environmental and budget impacts. The Plantation and businesses are going through disposable mask supplies at a high rate.
 
It can’t be overemphasized that our emergency medical and public health resources are slim and layered use of prevention strategies will help the community stay healthy.
 
Enjoy your day!
Jim Buccheri, Local Health Officer, 207-350-7512
Jessica Stevens, EMA Director, 207-691-7390
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