COVID-19 UPDATES

In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, Maine Mobile Health Program staff will be working from home and we’ve cancelled meetings and events at our offices. We do not know how long this will last, and we will post updates as we have new information. We are still here for our communities, and can be contacted by phone, email, or text message. We will be monitoring the general voicemail box and you are welcome to call us at 207-622-9252.

Letter to the Community on Anti-Racism

Dear Community Members,

We join today to give thanks to the individuals who work so hard to put food on our tables. Agricultural workers and seafood processors have always been essential to our economy and to our lives. We see you, we appreciate you, and we thank you.

We want you to know that MMHP knows Systemic Racism is real.

Racism infects the very structure of our society.

We understand all of us have much to learn; we begin our journey toward change by looking inward at our organization–this includes a review of our policies and procedures to determine what changes we must make to fight racism in all its forms.

As we work to make these changes, we welcome your feedback.

We aim to provide a safe haven for you as patients and as human beings.

We are here as your partners to listen to you and learn from you while educating ourselves on how we can affect change in our community to reject oppression.

Thank you for trusting us to support your most valued asset–your health.

We promise to continue to grow.

BLACK LIVES MATTER.YOU MATTER.

– Maine Mobile Health Program

Directions for patients and community partners

There are several things you can do to protect yourself and others from getting infected.

General prevention

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, then use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw that tissue in the trash.
  • Wipe down things you touch often like doorknobs, and phone screens with disinfecting wipes.
  • Avoid going to places with lots of people and try to stay 6 feet away from other people.
  • Do not visit older people or those with health problems. Find other ways to show them that you love them such as with phone calls.
  • If someone else is sick, try to stay away from them.
  • It is important that you have enough of your usual medications. We can help you get more if needed.
  • Limit all unnecessary travel.

Cloth Face Coverings

  • The CDC currently recommends the use of cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker (surgical and N-95 masks).
  • For information about how to wear a cloth face covering, how to make one, and how to wash it please visit this website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings

Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you start to feel sick

  • If you begin to feel ill with a fever, cough, or shortness of breath let us or your regular doctor know immediately. The doctor will probably ask you to stay home and avoid interacting with other people for 14 days.
  • If you have a chronic condition and are feeling symptoms, please call your medical provider or your CHW right away.
  • If you develop severe symptoms, such as trouble breathing, inability to drink fluids, or confusion, seek medical attention right away.
  • There is no medication that will specifically fight the virus. You can take Tylenol or motrin if needed. It is also important to drink plenty of water and contact your doctor for more recommendations.

We will also be doing things a little differently in order to protect you, other patients, and ourselves.

  • Before meeting with you in person, we will call you and ask if you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
  • If you do have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, we will try to reschedule your visit.

We are always here to help, and do not hesitate to reach out with questions.

We are interested in both your physical and mental health during this difficult time. As a reminder, we offer counseling services through telehealth. You can receive these services from your home. If you are interested or would like more information please contact your Community Health Worker or our Behavioral Health Manager, Laura Valencia Orozco at 207-446-0556.

If you are struggling to meet the basic needs of your family, please contact your Community Health Worker to help you find resources in your area.

Resources from the Center for Disease Control

The Center for Disease Control has the most updated information.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/

Here are some resources for preventing the spread of germs, tracking symptoms, and sharing general information about the virus.

Shared Facts About COVID-19

How to Stop the Spread of Germs

Symptoms of COVID-19

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – What You Need to Know

Wash Your Hands Posters

Fliers from Maine CDC about COVID-19

10 Ways to Manage Symptoms at Home