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Posted on: October 22, 2020

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

National Drug Take Back Day

Saturday, October 24, 2020 between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM is the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Law enforcement agencies throughout the state will be collecting unused or unneeded prescription medications so that they can be properly disposed.

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Public Health
Posted on: October 13, 2020

City Again Offering Grants and Loans to Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19

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Round three of the City of Portland’s COVID-19 grant and loan programs are being launched today. Eligibility has been relaxed for businesses that received more than $10,000 in COVID-19 Federal or State Funding and need more assistance. Previously this mad...

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Public Health
Posted on: October 9, 2020

Trick-Or-Treating Guidance for Halloween 2020 In Light of COVID-19

Trick-Or-Treating Guidance for Halloween 2020

While the City of Portland does not control or sanction Halloween activities or Trick-or-Treating, it does want to make sure that residents are aware of this year’s safety guidelines should families choose to participate in Halloween 2020. The City is enc...

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Additional Info... Public Health
Posted on: September 22, 2020

City Launches Campaign to Remind People to ‘Stay the Course’ to Prevent COVID-19 Spread

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The City of Portland launched a new campaign this week to remind people to ‘Stay the Course’ to prevent further COVID-19 spread. Residents, businesses, and visitors to Portland are encouraged to visit staythecourse.me for information r...

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Public Health
Posted on: September 18, 2020

Portland’s Public Health Division Teams Up to Provide Flu Vaccine Clinics This Fall

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The City of Portland’s Public Health Division, in collaboration with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Northern Light Home Care & Hospice, Greater Portland Health, and MaineHealth Care at Home, announces the availability o...

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Additional Info... Public Health
Posted on: August 31, 2020

International Overdose Awareness Day Vigil 2020

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Portland Public Health Division’s Substance Use Prevention and Harm Reduction Services Program recognizes International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31). International Overdose Awareness Day has been a key remembrance event for those who have ...

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Additional Info... Public Health
Posted on: August 24, 2020

Portland Public Health Division & Spurwink to Offer FREE virtual Narcan Training!

In recognition of Recovery Month, the City of Portland and Spurwink are partnering to offer a FREE Naloxone (Narcan) Virtual Training on Wednesday, September 2 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.

Register: spurwink.org/celebrate-recovery 

FMI contact Zoe Broko...

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Public Health
Posted on: July 13, 2020

Portland Police Report Spike in Drug Overdoses

NEWS ALERT

There have been seven fatal and 79 non-fatal overdoses since May 1, 2020, with one fatal and nine non-fatal overdoses just in the past week alone. 

“There have historically been upticks in overdoses here in the city at this time of the y...

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Public Health
Posted on: July 7, 2020

City Hires Bob Fowler as New Public Health Director

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland is pleased to announce it has hired Bob Fowler as the city’s new Public Health Director after an extensive search and interview process. For the last six years, Fowler served as the Executive Director at Milestone Recovery. ...

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Posted on: July 6, 2020

City Makes $500,000 Available for Rent Assistance for Portlanders Affected by COVID-19

Covid-19 Updates Portland, Maine 04101

In response to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the City of Portland will make available up to three months of rent, and up to $250 in utility assistance to alleviate the housing burden for low income households that have lo...

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Public Health
Posted on: June 27, 2020

City Alerts Businesses that COVID-19 Reopening Guidelines Must Be Followed

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland is reminding businesses that they must follow the State’s COVID-19 reopening guidelines for operation. Following multiple reports of violations from the public, the City will have two code enforcement officers plus the polic...

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Public Health
Posted on: May 29, 2020

City Updates Public on Phased Reopening Plan

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland is updating the public on its phased reopening plan so citizens can plan how to take care of various municipal transactions. City employees will be returning to City Hall and City buildings on Monday, June 1. However, the majority of ...

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Public Health
Posted on: May 18, 2020

City Offers Help to Small Businesses During Pandemic - Launches Three Grant & Loan Programs

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The City of Portland launched three emergency business assistance programs after receiving City Council approval of the programs at its May 4, 2020 meeting and final funding for them at its May 18, 2020 meeting.

The programs include the Business Assistance...

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Public Health
Posted on: May 18, 2020

Mayor Snyder & City Manager Issue Letter to Citizens and Businesses Regarding Reopening Plans

Covid-19 Updates Portland, Maine 04101

Portland Mayor Kate Snyder and City Manager Jon Jennings issued a letter to citizens and businesses today recapping the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and outlining its reopening plans. You can read it at the link below. 

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Additional Info... Public Health
Posted on: May 12, 2020

City Proposes Plan to Assist Restaurant & Retail Businesses with Reopening

NEWS ALERT

In conjunction with Governor Mills’ Restarting Maine’s Economy plan, which outlines the gradual stages of reopening, the City of Portland has put together a proposed plan that includes temporary street closures and permitting changes t...

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Public Health
Posted on: May 1, 2020

Public Health Division to Provide Virtual Trainings in May

Flyer for Virtual Overdose and Response Training

With National Drug Take Back Day Postponed, the City of Portland Public Health Division is providing educational materials and virtual Narcan (naloxone) trainings throughout the month of May.

Beginning next week, the Substance Use Prevention and Harm Reduc...

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Public Health
Posted on: April 29, 2020

Portland Updates Stay at Home Guidance Based on Governor Mills' April 28 Announcement

Covid-19 Updates Portland, Maine 04101

In light of Governor Janet Mills’ April 28 announcement regarding her stay-at-home extension and safe and gradual plan to restart Maine’s economy, City officials want people and businesses in Portland to know that they should plan to f...

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Public Health
Posted on: April 28, 2020

City Council Extends Stay at Home Emergency Order Until May 18

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The Portland City Council voted to extend the Stay at Home Emergency Order until May 18, 2020 at its April 27th meeting. The emergency order also includes a number of amendments including:

  • A temporary program to pay $1,000 to the owner of a non-ow...
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Additional Info... Public Health
Posted on: April 17, 2020

City Clarifies Non-Essential Business Rules Related to Stay at Home Order & Calls Emergency Council

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The City of Portland is seeking to clarify its rules for non-essential businesses related to the City’s emergency Stay at Home order, and as a result the Portland City Council will hold an emergency remote workshop on Monday, April 20 at 5:30 PM...

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Public Health
Posted on: April 16, 2020

City’s Volunteer Shopping Program for Elders Set to Begin April 20

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The City of Portland’s Office of Elder Affairs has created a temporary volunteer program to provide grocery shopping and food delivery to elderly Portland residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is intended to help people aged 65 or ...

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Public Health
Posted on: April 6, 2020

City Closes All Back Cove Trail Parking Lots During Stay At Home Emergency Order

Covid-19 Updates Portland, Maine 04101

The City of Portland is closing all parking lots associated with the Back Cove Trail due to the high usage of the trail and overcrowding concerns in light of the State of Maine and the City’s Stay at Home emergency orders requiring that individu...

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Public Health
Posted on: April 3, 2020

Mayor Snyder Adds Tenant & Landlord Resources to City’s COVID-19 Webpage

Covid-19 Updates Portland, Maine 04101

Building off of the City Council’s March 30th approval of an Emergency Order, Mayor Kate Snyder has compiled a comprehensive list of resources available to tenants and landlords in light of COVID-19. The Emergency Order requests landlords in Por...

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Public Health
Posted on: April 1, 2020

City of Portland Opens Additional Shelter for Clients Needing Quarantine Space

Covid-19 Updates Portland, Maine 04101

The City of Portland has opened an additional shelter for clients needing quarantine space in light of positive COVID-19 cases. The quarantine space is located at the James A. Banks, Sr. Exposition Building. The City is working with the Maine Department o...

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Public Health
Posted on: March 30, 2020

City Council Votes to Extend Stay at Home Emergency Order Until April 27

Covid-19 Updates Portland, Maine 04101

The Portland City Council voted tonight to extend the State of Emergency and Stay at Home order until April 27. The vote extends the Emergency Order originally issued by the City Manager on March 24 and replaces it with this Emergency Order

The ...

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Public Health
Posted on: March 27, 2020

India Street Clinic to Resume Clinical Services & Needle Exchange Program

portland news

The India Street Public Health Center will resume its clinical services and Needle Exchange Program on Monday, March 30. This comes after a two week closure due to widespread staff exposure to COVID-19. The City had no other choice but to cease operations...

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Public Health
Posted on: March 25, 2020

Portland Issues COVID-19 Related Updates for City Services

Covid-19 Updates Portland, Maine 04101

The City of Portland is issuing the following updates related to the COVID-19 response and resources.

City Hall & City Buildings Closed to External Visitors Until April 13

City Hall and all City buildings will now remain closed to external visitors unti...

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Additional Info... Public Health
Posted on: March 24, 2020

City Announces Stay at Home Emergency Order Effective Wednesday, March 25 at 5:00 PM

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City Announces Stay at Home Emergency Order Effective Wednesday, March 25 at 5:00 PM

Restricts all non-essential personal and business services

Mayor Kate Snyder and Portland City Manager Jon Jennings announced today at a 3:00 PM press conference that the C...

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Public Health
Posted on: March 23, 2020

Mayor Snyder Issues Guidance to Keep People Housed During COVID-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Updates Portland, Maine 04101

Portland Mayor Kate Snyder issued the following guidance to help keep people housed during the COVID-19 pandemic given the need for safe housing during this public health and economic crisis. The courts are currently closed at this time and no evictions a...

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COVID-19 Resources & Information Public Health
Posted on: March 20, 2020

City Committed to Caring for Homeless Populations During COVID-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Updates Portland, Maine 04101

The City of Portland has been working on the front lines in direct contact with its most vulnerable community members for more than 30 years with one of the most dedicated and professional staffs. Each and every decision the City makes is with their best ...

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Additional Info... Public Health
Posted on: March 19, 2020

City Announces Temporary Changes to Parking Enforcement In Light of Ongoing Pandemic

Covid-19 Updates Portland, Maine 04101

Last Friday, March 13, Portland’s City Manager directed the Parking Division to no longer issue parking tickets for time zones and expired meters for the foreseeable future. Enforcement will continue for illegal parking, which includes blocking ...

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Additional Info... Public Health
Posted on: March 18, 2020

Governor Mills’ New Executive Order Expands & Extends Portland’s Emergency Proclamation

Covid-19 Updates Portland, Maine 04101

In light of the action Governor Janet Mills took today in response to the evolving COVID-19 global pandemic, the Portland City Council’s emergency remote meeting scheduled for March 19 to consider extending the 5-day emergency proclamation that ...

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Public Health
Posted on: March 16, 2020

City Announces Curfew for Establishments & Other COVID-19 Recommendations

NEWS ALERT

Portland City Manager Jon Jennings announced today he is instituting a mandated curfew for establishments where groups gather from 6:00 AM to 2:00 AM on Tuesday, March 17-18 and then daily from 8:00 PM until 2:00 AM on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sat...

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Public Health
Posted on: March 13, 2020

City Officials Provide Update on Coronavirus COVID-19 Response

portland news

As things continue to rapidly evolve with the coronavirus (COVID-19), Mayor Snyder, City Council members, and City Manager Jon Jennings held a press conference on Friday to provide the public and media with the latest information related to the number of ...

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Public Health
Posted on: March 13, 2020

City Cancels Events at Merrill Auditorium, Portland Expo & Ocean Gateway

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland has decided to cancel all events scheduled for the next 30 days at Merrill Auditorium, Portland Expo and Ocean Gateway in order to help practice social distancing in order to reduce the number of large gatherings and help slow the spr...

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Public Health
Posted on: March 12, 2020

City Cancels March 16 Council Meeting & Suspends All Public Meetings

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Out of an abundance of caution and for preventative reasons only, the Portland City Council is cancelling its March 16 meeting and March 23 workshop. Both will be rescheduled at dates to be determined.  

Additionally, the City is suspending all co...

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Public Health
Posted on: March 3, 2020

City of Portland Following CDC Guidelines Regarding Coronavirus Precautions

NEWS ALERT

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...

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Public Health
Posted on: February 24, 2020

India Street Clinic Presents - Free HIV and STD Testing

HIV _ STD Testing Event Poster

The India Street Clinic will be holding a free HIV and STD Testing and Counseling at Candy’s, 34 Portland Street, Saturday, February 29, 2:00 PM to 5:00. Visit Candy’s for more information or call (207)874-8768.

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Public Health
Posted on: January 29, 2020

City to Offer Weekly Overdose Response Trainings & Naloxone

portland news

The City’s Public Health Division recently merged the Substance Use Prevention and Needle Exchange programs to form the Substance Use Prevention and Harm Reduction Services program. The program, coordinated by Zoe Brokos, will continue to provid...

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Public Health
Posted on: November 19, 2019

44th Annual Great American Smokeout

portland news

November 21, 2019 is the 44th Annual Great American Smokeout. Since 1976, the American Cancer Society has hosted the Great American Smokeout, a national public awareness event encouraging people to quit smoking, even if it is just for one day. 

Qu...

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Additional Info... Public Health
Posted on: September 19, 2019

City Public Health Officials Warn of Vaping Dangers

As reports of vaping-related illnesses increase, Maine has enacted a law banning vaping on school grounds. On September 19, LD 152 took effect. The statute, “An Act to Prohibit the Possession and Use of Electronic Smoking Devices on School Grou...

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Public Health
Posted on: January 7, 2019

India Street STD Clinic Now Offers Online Appointment Scheduling

NEWS ALERT

Patients can now make appointments online for the India Street STD Clinic. Click here to book now. 

Limited appointments are offered on Tuesday afternoons followed by drop-in hours (first come, first serve).

Thursday is now all appointments. If app...

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Public Health
Posted on: December 19, 2018

Public Health's Minority Health Program Releases 2018 Minority Health Assessment Report

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland Public Health Division’s Minority Health Program is pleased to announce the publication of its 2018 Minority Health Assessment Report.  The assessment was administered through a survey (orally translated) to participants sele...

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2018 Minority Health Report & Summary Public Health
Posted on: September 6, 2016

Public Health Division Achieves Accreditation

The City of Portland’s Public Health Division has achieved local public health department accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). This places Portland in the first 6% to achieve this distinction among more than 2,500 local publ...Read on...

Public Health

News Flash

Posted on: July 13, 2020

Portland Police Report Spike in Drug Overdoses

NEWS ALERT

There have been seven fatal and 79 non-fatal overdoses since May 1, 2020, with one fatal and nine non-fatal overdoses just in the past week alone. 

“There have historically been upticks in overdoses here in the city at this time of the y...

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Substance Use Prevention