Islesboro and Coronavirus (Covid19)

Protect yourself, your family and your neighbors from Covid-19. Avoid risky social situations, wash your hands frequently, practice social distancing and wear a face covering while out in public. Your safe "bubble" is your immediate household not your extended family or friends. If you feel sick, stay home. Quarantine if you are required to following out of state travel.

 

For recent island Covid info, Call 207-558-3030. You can listen to a recording of the most recent Crisis team call here.

For current information on the incidence of covid in Waldo County, please go to the NY Times Covid Tracker

Islesboro Health Center

Current COVID Status on Islesboro

ALERT: Covid-19 on Islesboro April 19th, 2021

As of Wednesday, April 19, the Health Center found a total of 9 positive Covid results among the tests they performed. If islanders were tested other places (mainland sites, school, etc.), we are not told and can’t report on them. Nonetheless, our positive test snapshot shows that the virus is active on island.

Results reported are from tests performed through the Islesboro Health Center. Additional information on positive cases by zip code is available on Maine CDC website.

Our hearts and prayers go out to our neighbors dealing with Covid. We wish them a speedy recovery.

We are not yet through this pandemic. Be careful when you are out and about trying to lead a normal life. Double down on your good-neighbor responsibilities to protect yourself, your families and your neighbors. Our #1 goal must be to stop further community spread. The only safe thing is to assume that everyone outside of your household pod harbors an infection ready to get you.

Our Health Center team is ready to help. If you are at a high risk of exposure to an infected person, take extra caution to protect those around you and monitor for symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath or fever. Feel free to reach out to the Health Center for advice at 734-2213. On-island testing is available. Call 200-4116 for information and instructions for when testing is appropriate. Also, the Health Center is running monthly vaccination clinics.

Do these simple things:

  1. Protect yourself, family and neighbors. No matter what others do, you and yours can: Wash your hands often. Wear a mask when outside of your home. Maintain a 6ft distance from all others. Avoid large or close gatherings. And if you are not feeling 100%, stay home and contact your health provider or call the Islesboro Health Center at 734-2213. Your safe bubble is your immediate household. Don’t assume your friends & neighbors who don’t live with you are being as careful as you are.
  2. Adapt to this new reality. All island businesses, organizations, school, town and public safety teams should reconsider their operations. Our island health liaison is available to help you operate safely – email: islesborohealth@remove-this.gmail.com
  3. If you arrive on island from outside New England, you need to Quarantine for 14 days or get a Covid-19 test to show you no longer need to quarantine. This applies to all adults, residents & non-residents.
  4. Help your neighbors who may be dealing with Covid. But, do it safely.
  5. Stay informed – Visit this page or call 558-3030. Our email is: crisisteam@remove-this.townofislesboro.com

 

Health Center Operations

The IHC providers and staff continue to see patients in person or via Telehealth. Blood draws are performed Tuesday mornings in the Annex building in the front parking lot. Please call 734-2213.

Health Center COVID Testing Program

Testing on Islesboro is available Tues or Wed for persons with COVID symptoms, exposure or travel. To schedule a COVID-19 test please call 207-200-4116 or the IHC 207-734-2213.

Covid Vaccine Clinics

Eligible Islesboro community members can elect to get their Covid-19 vaccination on island at the monthly Islesboro Health Center clinics or go to the mainland to get a vaccination wherever and whenever it is available. Information on these options is below.

Statewide Eligibility

CLICK HERE for the latest state eligibility information. Maine’s AARP organization has put together an eligibility information page. CLICK HERE

The state of Maine sets the eligibility guidelines all Covid-19 vaccination clinics must follow. At this point the governor has expanded eligibility to those 16 and older. CLICK HERE for the latest state eligibility information. Maine’s AARP organization has put together an eligibility information page. CLICK HERE

On Island Clinics Run by the Islesboro Health Center

Islesboro Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic is Scheduled for May 18th. By appointment only at the Kinnicutt Center.

The next Islesboro Health Center Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic is scheduled for May 18 by appointment only at the Kinnicutt Center.

All adults over 18 and older and those we immunized in March who need their second doses are eligible for the vaccine. There has been much back and forth with state authorities to secure the needed doses of vaccine. Unfortunately, the quantity of vaccine in Maine is uncertain - we will not know how many doses we will have available for the 18th until a few days before. We will contact eligible, registered people on a first come first serve basis as we set up appointments. Please remain flexible.

To get registered for an on-island clinic whether you are eligible now or not CLICK HERE. Or, fill out a paper form available at the town office.

We anticipate our vaccine supply will stabilize in the coming months. Future on island clinics will likely be held mid-May and mid-June.

Additional Vaccine Clinics near Islesboro

It is it a good idea for islanders who are eligible and able to travel to the mainland to attempt get vaccine wherever and whenever it is available.

On Your Vaccination Day

  • Get to your Clinic appointment on time.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Wear a short sleeve shirt under your warmer layers to facilitate easy access to an upper arm.
  • The clinic staff will:
    • Ask you a few questions.
    • Vaccinate you.
    • Observe you for 15 mins to assure you have no adverse reactions.
    • If appropriate, give you a second dose appointment in four weeks’ time.
  • You should be on your way home in about 30mins.

After Your Vaccination Day

Even after we are fully vaccinated, we do not yet know enough to stop wearing mask or taking other precautions. Everyone should continue to wear a mask!!

Other Covid19 Information

IHC: 734-2213
Web: www.townofislesboro.com/covid19
Email: crisisteam@remove-this.townofislesboro.com
Phone: Covid Weekly Information - Call (207) 558-3030
Swab and Send sites and Rapid Testing Sites in Maine: https://www.maine.gov/covid19/restartingmaine/keepmainehealthy/testing

Governor Mills Orders Regarding Travel, Businesses and Organizations During the Pandemic

Businesses, Organizations And Sporting Events

Indoor gatherings can increase to 50 percent of a building’s capacity beginning March 26, and to 75 percent on May 24, with social distancing. Outdoor gatherings can increase to 75 percent of capacity on March 26 and to 100 percent on May 24.

Bars And Tasting Rooms

Indoor service resumes on March 26, at 50 percent of capacity and at 75 percent in the leadup to Memorial Day.

Quarantines For Visitors To Maine

Effective immediately, New England residents are exempt from having to quarantine or show evidence of a negative test, as are visitors from any state who are fully vaccinated or who have recovered from the virus.Starting May 1, Maine will lift the requirements for all states, but it may make exceptions for states with a prevalence of COVID-19 variants.

Masks, Distancing

The mandate will likely remain through summer.

Help is Available

General Assistance: For volunteer help of any kind please islesborovolunteercoordinator@remove-this.gmail.com or call Tom Tutor at 734-6407.

Help for Island Business & Organizations

Contact Islesboro's Health Liaison Volunteer, Jane Wherren islesborohealth@remove-this.gmail.com

Tell us you are here!

As a courtesy, help us to have an accurate understanding of people living on island - really important for public safety responsiveness. The data collected is confidential to the Public Safety team. This online questionnaire asks for your name, address, number of people with you and how to contact you. If your information changes, then fill it in again and the system will discard your previous entry.

Email us at: crisisteam@remove-this.townofislesboro.com

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What's Available On Islesboro This Winter

Food

Shop local! Avoid going to the mainland.

Island Market and Durkee's Store are open for in-store shopping with restrictions. Order via www.islesborofood.com for curbside pickup.

The Islesboro Community Center is continuing its Care and Comfort program by offering Souper Sundays from 11-2. Warm soup and delicious bread/rolls are available for pickup. We also can arrange for delivery just give us a call at 8200 or email us. This program is anonymously funded and is for anyone in need of a warm meal.

The Youth area has a basket of snacks available for free right outside the door. This food is available 7 days a week from 6 am. until 5pm.

Donations: Monetary donations are accepted: Please send a check to the ICC P.O. box 265, Islesboro, ME. 04848. We also have a donation button on our website.

Food Pantry and other services coordinated by the Second Baptist Church Contact Pastor Trish Goodspeed at 734-2278 (parsonage), 207-542-4006 (cell) or by email. For more information, please see this letter.

  • Food Pantry at the church: hours are 4-6pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • Donations: Monetary donations are accepted: the church cannot accept food from private individuals. Please send a check to: Second Baptist Church, P.O. Box 17, Islesboro, Maine 04848. Designate the Food Pantry on the memo line of the check.
  • Free Food Distribution by Farmers to Families Food Program: A free box of meat, dairy and produce can be picked up or have it delivered. Next distribution December 18th at the Church.
  • Mission Meals Luncheon on Thursdays: A frozen meal prepared and delivered by volunteers.
  • Soup and Bread on Sundays: Volunteers deliver to folks on Mission Meals list who request it.
  • Emergency Food Supply stored at the Church at the request of Public Safety, Health Center and Town.

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).

On the Rock Café – order via www.islesborofood.com

Penobscot Island Air Delivery 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.

Ferry & Quicksilver

The MSFS 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. Masks must be worn for walk-ons. Follow the instructions of the crew...

The Quicksilver Water Taxi operates morning commuter service to Lincolnville Monday thru Friday. Thursday evening there is an 8:15 pm from Islesboro and 8:30 pm from Lincolnville. Please RSVP. They are available for charter, call 207-557-0197 for availability and pricing, www.quicksilvermaine.com.

Other Services

  • Post Office 734-8884
  • Penobscot Island Air 596-7500
  • Vinal Energy (propane/oil) 613-7460
  • M&M Service (oil) 734-6971

 

A Music Video Tribute to the People of Islesboro

A musical tribute (YouTube) to our island’s essential workers and the volunteers who helped take us safely through 2020. It is also a thank you to everyone who "did the right thing". So this tribute is for YOU! Thank you!!

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