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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Mar 17, 2020
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Community Health Options is closely monitoring the progress of the virus and is coordinating with healthcare organizations and government agencies.

We are posting important information about the virus here, and will keep you updated as more facts become available.

Coronavirus Prevention

Until a vaccine is developed, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. You can do that by taking the same steps you would take to prevent the spread of other respiratory viruses. That includes:

  • Cleaning your hands regularly and thoroughly with an alcohol-based hand rub or washing them with soap and water;
  • Maintaining at least six feet of distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing;
  • Refraining from touching your eyes, nose and mouth, where the virus can be transmitted into your body;
  • Covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze, then disposing of the used tissue immediately.

To avoid misinformation about COVID-19, look to trustworthy sources, such as the CDC, the World Health Organization, and local health departments websites to stay informed. 

You can access more information about coronavirus prevention on the CDC website.

SEE ALSO

As of May 1, 2020, all Mainers are required to wear a cloth face covering when out in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, per order of Governor Mills. The order identifies public settings as:

  • Indoor spaces that are accessible to the public such as grocery stores, retail stores, pharmacies and healthcare facilities
  • Outdoor spaces such as playgrounds, busy parking lots, and other areas such as lines for takeout service where the public typically gathers in a smaller area
  • Public transportation such as a taxi, Uber, Lyft, ride-sharing or similar service
  • Ferry, bus, or train
  • Any semi-enclosed transit stops or waiting areas

Cloth face coverings are not required for children under age 2, a child in a child-care setting, or for anyone who has trouble breathing or related medical conditions, or who is otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Wearing a cloth face mask is mostly to protect other people from getting sick. Physical distancing, covering your nose and mouth when you sneeze, and hand washing are still the primary way to prevent you from being infected with COVID-19.