Resources and Information on Coronavirus (Covid19)
Recent Town Communications and Updates
- 4/5 The Crisis Team asks that people on island fill out the following short online survey. You can find more information about this optional survey here.
- 4/4 Gov. Mills Releases Executive Order Establishing Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers Arriving In Maine
- 4/3 The Islesboro Crisis Committee released a Status Report
- 4/2 The Islesboro Health Clinic has posted an update (pdf) on Covid-19
- 4/1 The Islesboro Health Clinic has posted an urgent memo
- 4/1 ICC announces Community Care Program. Please call (8200) or email Sara if you would like to reserve a dinner.
- 4/1 Gov. Mills has issued a Stay Healthy at Home Order (Full Executive Order).
While it is recommended you read the entire order, the order requires that people remain at home unless to leave for an essential job (as defined here) or activity as defined in the order as:
Essential personal activities include the following with relation to an individual, their family, household members, pets, or livestock:
- Obtaining necessary supplies for household consumption or use, such as groceries, and supplies and equipment needed to work from home, laundry, and products needed to maintain safety, sanitation, and essential maintenance of the home or residence.
- Obtaining medication or medical supplies and seeking medical or behavioral health or emergency services.
- Providing care, including transportation, of oneself, a family member, friend, pet or livestock in another household or location for essential health and safety activities and to obtain necessary supplies and services.
- Traveling to and from an educational institution for purposes of receiving meals or instructional materials for distance learning.
- Engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking, hiking, running, or biking, but, only in compliance with the social gathering restriction in Executive Order 14 and all applicable social distancing guidance published by the U.S. and Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Travel required by a law enforcement officer or court order; and
- Traveling to and from a federal, State, or local government building for a necessary purpose.
- 3/31 A Call for Volunteers
- 3/31 MSFS announces an updated reduced schedule
- Gov. Janet Mills mandates that all non-essential public-facing businesses close to the public for the next two weeks: maine.gov, executive order, pressherald.com.
- Quicksilver suspends commuter service
- Durkees and The Island Market setup online ordering
- March 23rd, Letter to Govenor Mills from Islesboro Select Board
- March 20th Select Board Resolution (pdf)
Crisis Team On Island Survey
The Crisis Team is working to understand who is actually on the island now. Knowing the number of people living out here is a really important question for us. Here is a short optional online survey asking for your address, names of people with you and how to contact you. Please fill it in. If you know of a neighbor who can't fill it in for some reason, please help them by doing it for them. If you are not comfortable providing this info, then don't worry we will not hold it against you. If your information changes, then fill it in again and the system will discard your previous entry.
Call for Volunteers
Please email islesborovolunteercoordinator@, with any questions or the following information to sign up: gmail.com
- First & Last Name
- Applicable categories you're available to volunteer for: Transportation, Medical, Computer or Clerical, Communication, Cleaning, Other
- Relevant skill details
- Health issues
- Preferred contact information
Town & Local Organization Information
If you think you may be sick, please call the Health Center and refer to the CDC's guidelines on how to prevent COVID-19 spread.
While routine visits and physical exams are postponed, the Health Center will continue to provide urgent care, prescription refills and Tuesday morning blood draws. Saturday Walk-In office hours are suspended, but you can call Monday throgh Friday from 9:00am – 9:30am to speak with a provider.
The Town Office building is closed to the public. Please call with questions and someone will get back to you. A brief reminder of online services available: Vehicle & Trailer Registration, Boat Registration, Hunting & Fishing Licenses, Dog Licenses, and Land Use & Development Review Permit Application.
Island Market & Durkee's Market
The Durkee's and the Island Market are closed to the public and can now handle orders online available for curbside and delivery. You can order from either by phone or islesborofood.com
Food Pantry (Second Baptist Church)
At this time, for sanitation reasons, food donations cannot be accepted from individuals however gifts of money may be made by a check. Make checks out to Second Baptist Church with food pantry in the Memo line. Please mail to Islesboro 2nd Baptist Church, PO Box 17, Islesboro, Maine 04848.
There is a charge account available at the Island Market for those in need of produce, milk, and perishables. Hopefully this will soon be available at Durkees Store too.
Islesboro Community Center (ICC)
The ICC is closed (including Fitness Center) and programs have been postponed. The lobby, downstairs bathrooms, and ATM will remain open, please use at your own discretion. Hand sanitizer is available in the lobby, please use if you do come in.
The library is closed to the public. Melissa will take requests for materials and put them outside the library door for pick up. The items will be wiped down with Clorox wipes before and after use. Call 734-2218 or email molson@ with requests. The Library has 24/7 free Internet access (and a large parking lot) so students can do their assignments remotely. Computer Classes at the Library are postponed until further notice. alpl.lib.me.us
The MSFS has announced a reduced schedule.
MSFS Islesboro Terminal
Curbside service! Call in (734-6935) with your ticket order and your tickets will be delivered to you in line. Please be in line at least 20 minutes before scheduled sailing time.
The Quicksilver has suspended it's commuter service. They ask that charter runs are limited to essentials only. See the complete announcement.
The Transfer Station bins are open, the buildings are closed to the public, and the Swap Shop is closed. Sale of trash bags is now through local stores only.
Things You Can Do
- Keep Your Hands Clean
Wash your hands frequently. Surprisingly, there are two methods, the WHO's Method and the CDC's Method. While a little slower, a study found the WHO's method to be more effective, but harder to do properly. Want to see a fun video of each? Check out this NY Times article.
Two fun facts to consider while washing your hands:
(1) Turn off the water after you soap up - psychologically people hurry up when soaping their hands because we’ve all been taught not to waste water.
(2) When washing with soap, hot vs cold water doesn’t matter, and frequently washing with hot water may cause skin irritation. (More here and here.)
- Maintain Social Distance
When outside your home practice social distancing, maintaining a distance of 6 feet from any other individual near you. The Health Center also is encouraging people go outside by themselves for fresh air and exercise.
Stay at home as much as you can to avoid contact with other members of the community. For anyone returning to Islesboro after travel and/or after proximity to large groups, please shelter-in-place for 14 days.
- Travel to and from the mainland only for essential reasons
- If you must travel, daily commuters must follow all the guidelines of the Maine State Ferry Service (MSFS) to prevent the spread of the coronavirus while traveling to and from the island. Once on island commuters must follow the CDC's coronavirus guidelines, especially social distancing at all times.
- Any individual from the mainland who suspects that he/she may have come in contact with someone with the coronavirus or is not feeling well should immediately shelter in place and do not travel to Islesboro.
- Any individual on Islesboro who suspects that he/she may have come in contact with someone with the coronavirus or is not feeling well should immediately shelter in place and contact the Islesboro Health Center for further instructions.
Resources for Assistance
- Islesboro Community Fund
- Health & Human Services Disaster Distress Helpline: 800-985-5990, website, Facebook page, or text 'TalkWithUs' to 66746
- Island Institute comprehensive list of relief activities
- Online filing for unemployment claims
- Food Pantry (Second Baptist Church) 734-2278
- Center for Disease Control (CDC) website, Facebook page
- Gov. Mills Covid-19 website
- Hannafords has announced dedicated hours for shoppers over 60
- Island Institute website
- Maine CDC website, Facebook page
- Maine Municipal website, Facebook page
Resources for Folks at Home
- But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids has two recent episodes for kids about the Conronavirus: But Why Special On Coronavirus and Explaining Coronavirus To Kids, And The Science Of Soap.
- Beyond the Chalkboard a site by the Boston Children's Museum with hundreds of free activities.