Falmouth Emergency Management Director and Fire-EMS Chief Howard Rice, Town Council Chair Amy Kuhn, and Town Manager Nathan Poore have been regularly monitoring developments related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. With the announcement of the first presumptive positive case in Maine, we have identified three key priorities with regards to Town operations during this unparalleled situation:
- The safety of our residents, especially the seniors in our community and those residents with underlying health issues which make them particularly vulnerable to illness.
- Implementing “social distancing” policies and practices as recommended by the U.S. CDC. Social distancing involves limiting mass gatherings, not congregating in large groups, and maintaining distance from others to limit the ability of the virus to spread.
- Maintaining a healthy work environment for our first responders and front-line employees, so they can perform their critical duties and continue to serve and protect our community.
With these priorities in mind, we are considering policies and plans to maintain a safe workplace, protect the well-being of residents, and help maintain social distancing.
Falmouth’s Emergency Management Team is meeting on Friday morning, March 13 to discuss next steps. Items to be considered include:
- Cancellation or postponement of non-essential Town meetings, forums, and events
- Status of Town services
ANY changes to Town services or meeting schedules will be amply noticed to the public in advance. We encourage you to stay connected via regular updates to our website, E-Alerts, and through our social media pages. Please keep in mind that many of our services are available online and through mail. Please visit our online services page for more information. Subscribe to E-Alerts here. Falmouth Schools are regularly posting updates, including school-related event cancellations, to their website.
We encourage residents to stay informed by using trusted sources such as the US Centers for Disease Control (U.S. CDC) and the Maine Center for Disease Control (Maine CDC). The Maine CDC and 211 Maine announced today a new option for Mainers to get answers to questions about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) at any time. This free service is available by dialing 211 (or 1-866-811-5695), texting your ZIP code to 898-211, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please share this information with your neighbors, friends, and family.