Resources and Information on Coronavirus (Covid19)
Recent Town Communications and Updates
- Latest Islesboro Crisis Committee Status Report. Please note the new information regarding quarantine.
- State of Maine Covid-19 Response Page and a timeline of Maine's response.
- 6/6 The Islesboro Community Center has released an a letter with thoughts on reopening.
- 6/1 (updated) The Islesboro Crisis Committee has released an list of Frequently Asked Questions
- 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.
- 4/2 The Islesboro Health Clinic has posted an update (pdf) on Covid-19
- 4/1 The Islesboro Health Clinic has posted an urgent memo
- 3/31 A Call for Volunteers
Frequently Asked Questions
Have questions like:
- Why should I wear a mask and where can I get one?
- I’m not there, but how can we help?
- What is Self-quarantine?
- Can workers come to my house?
The latest FAQ information can all be found in the Islesboro Crisis Committee Status Report!
Things You Can Do
- Take the Survey!
An accurate understanding of people living on island is really important. The Crisis Team has put togehter a short, optional, online survey asking for your address, names of people with you and how to contact you. They also ask, if you know of a neighbor or friend who can't fill it, please help by doing it for them. If your information changes, then fill it in again and the system will discard your previous entry.
Questions? The best way to get in touch with the Crisis Team is via email crisisteam@ townofislesboro.com
- 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 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.
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 through Friday from 9:00am – 4:30pm to speak with a provider.
The CDC and Apple have released a Covid-19 Screening Tool which can help give you an understanding of symptoms, but should not be used in place of consulting a medical professional.
Islesboro Crisis Team
The Islesboro Crisis Team is helping gather data, inform, and coordinate our response to COVID-19 across the many public and private groups on Islesboro. The latest Crisis Committee Report is available here. You can contact the crisis team by email.
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 taking orders by phone or islesborofood.com (preferred).
Second Baptist Church Food Pantry has canned goods, bread, and frozen meat available. Please call Pastor Trish Goodspeed at 734-2278 (parsonage), 207-542-4006 (cell) or by email. The hours are 4-6pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Charge accounts are available at both markets for perishable products (contact Pastor Trish for access).
Penobscot Island Air Delivery
Penobscot Island Air will provide deliveries from Hannaford (Rockland) and South End Grocery (Rockland) for $10 a box. For information on how to setup delivery please refer to this document.
Islesboro Community Center (ICC)
The ICC is closed (including Fitness Center) and programs have been postponed and on 6/6 released a a letter with thoughts on opening. 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 ICC's community care meals are now available through the Second Baptist Food Pantry. Please contact Pastor Goodspeed (email, 2278) to reserve a frozen meal.
Beginning June 1st, the ALP Library will provide "curb-side" service Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm to all library card holders. The library collections catalog is available through www.alplibrary.org. Card holders can request materials by phone (734-2218, messages will be checked daily) or email.
Materials will be placed in a labeled bag on the book return box for pickup. Returned materials may be placed in the drop box (puzzles may be placed on top of the drop box). Materials will be "quarantined" for 7 days in the library before being available for the next loan.
The Alice L. Pendleton Library is following safety guidelines from the Maine State Library, Maine Governor Janet Mills and the Islesboro Health Center. Should public safety become at risk again, curb-side service will be postponed until further notice.
Ferry & Quicksilver
The MSFS has announced a reduced schedule. if buying tickets on the Islesboro side, you can 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.
Resources for Assistance
- Islesboro Community Fund
- Islesboro-specific and online mental health resources
- Health & Human Services Disaster Distress Helpline: 800-985-5990, website, Facebook page, or text 'TalkWithUs' to 66746
- Island Institute comprehensive list of relief activities
- Maine Housing Rental Relief Program - if you need assitance filling out these forms, please contact the Town Office.
- Online filing for unemployment claims
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides payment to workers not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (self-employed, independent contractors, workers with limited work history, and others) who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency.
- Second Baptist Food Pantry 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
- Beyond the Chalkboard a site by the Boston Children's Museum with hundreds of free activities.
- 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.
- Maine Calling: Resources While Stuck at Home: Ways to Stay Engaged, Informed and Entertained During the Crisis