Information & Resources
August 4: Letter from Supt. Hodgkin regarding Reopening our School Buildings
July 31: Letter from Supt. Hodgkin regarding Reopening our School Buildings
We are receiving updates as The Maine Department of Education is working directly with Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor this evolving situation. We will continue to provide new information to the community as things change.
What is Known
The virus causing COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified and causes respiratory illness ranging from mild cold-like symptoms to severe pneumonia.
Similar to influenza, the people who are most likely to have severe disease and complications from COVID-19 are older individuals (>60 years old) and those with other medical conditions like heart and lung disease or diabetes.
There is no vaccine or treatment currently available for COVID-19 but the National Institute of Health is evaluating treatments and developing a vaccine already.
How the Virus Spreads
COVID-19 is believed to spread primarily the same way the common cold or flu spreads--through respiratory droplets that are produced when someone coughs or sneezes.
People who are most at risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 are those who have been in close contact (within about 6 feet) with someone who has the disease.
People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
Some spread of the virus might be possible before a person has symptoms; there have been reports of this with COVID-19, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
What You Can Do Now
Teach your children to always cover their cough and sneezes with a tissue of elbow.
Remind them to wash their hands with soap and water (or use hand sanitize) after they tough their face, use the restroom and before they eat.
Tell children to avoid touching their mouth and nose since this is how germs get into the body.
Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects (everyday household disinfectants are fine).
Enhance cleaning of high touch surfaces like door knobs, toilet handles, and sink handles.