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Posted on: March 3, 2020

City of Portland Following CDC Guidelines Regarding Coronavirus Precautions

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The City of Portland is actively engaged and monitoring guidance from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Maine CDC regarding Coronavirus COVID-19 preparations and precautions. The City’s emergency management team is prepared to respond should anyone be diagnosed in Portland, and the City released guidance information to its employees given their frequent interactions with the public. 

“The City is in communication with the Maine CDC and has been participating in their briefings,” said City Manager Jon Jennings. “The state has a very knowledgeable team in place, and here in Portland we are fully prepared to follow Maine CDC guidance and ready to participate in any response as needed.”  

Maine has no confirmed cases of COVID-19. The City encourages the public to visit the Maine CDC page for the latest guidance and information here and the US CDC here

Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 include fever and/or cough and difficulty breathing. Sore throat is also reported in some patients. If you have these symptoms and did not recently travel to China or did not have contact with someone with 2019 Novel Coronavirus, it is likely to be a cold or the flu. As always during cold and flu season, if you are sick you should stay home, cover your coughs and sneezes, and wash your hands regularly.

Maine CDC continues comprehensive planning to ensure Maine is ready should the virus affect people here and encourages Maine people to protect themselves by taking the same preventive measures that help to avoid catching a cold. These measures include:

  • Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throwing the tissue in the trash.

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water and use an alcohol-based sanitizer in between washings.

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick and avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Staying home if you are sick.

  • Taking care of your health overall by staying current on your vaccinations, including the flu vaccine, eating well, getting a good night’s sleep, and exercising.

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