GUIDELINES FOR PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY ON MONHEGAN
as of 5/25/21 issued by Monhegan Plantation’s COVID-19 Task Force
Please always keep a face covering handy to use whenever you are on the island.
Masks are required for all on the Monhegan wharf per US CDC order for public transportation & hubs.
You may also be required or asked to wear a mask in some other island settings, including at Monhegan businesses & workplaces, according to policy established by each individual business & workplace and in-line with federal or state guidance and requirements.
To minimize risk for Plantation staff & emergency responders, masks are required in the Town Office, South & North Fire Barns, School, Freight Shed and the new First Aid Station (opening in early summer). In an island emergency, you may be asked to wear a mask.
Access to Groceries & Basic Amenities on Monhegan
You can open an account in advance or as needed at Monhegan Store (phone: 207-594-2222) when circumstances, such as a need to self-quarantine or other heightened health risk, necessitate ordering remotely. This can also help reduce summer congestion at the store. You can place grocery orders by phone/text-message and schedule delivery or pick-up times. There is in-store shopping currently. Customers are required to wear masks per store policy.
Self-Quarantine while on Monhegan
As of May 1, 2021, travelers coming to or returning to Maine are not required to quarantine or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test unless coming from a non-exempt state. Testing is Current information on the exemption status of states is posted at the Maine CDC website. For more details, visit https://www.maine.gov/covid19/.
International travelers: those arriving in Maine within 7 days of entering the US must quarantine for 7 days regardless of test result AND get a COVID-19 molecular or antigen test 3-5 days after travel. Details at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-air-travel.html
Self-Quarantine means that you need to separate yourself from others because you may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus but are not currently symptomatic. This is a vital step to prevent community transmission of COVID-19 on Monhegan.
- Avoid public spaces.
- Please wear a face covering whenever in a public setting.
- Maintain at least 6 feet of distance when passing on roads, and trails.
- Refrain from interactions with those outside of your household.
- DO NOT go to the Post Office and the Store. Make arrangements for delivery options.
- Access other island services via phone/online communications during the 10 days.
- Frequently and vigorously wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds.
- Self-Quarantine does NOT prohibit outdoor exercise and/or dog walking as long as the above measures are followed.
Self-Monitoring for COVID-19 For Residents and Travellers to Monhegan:
- While on island it is recommended that you have a working thermometer and monitor and record your health daily noting anything out of the ordinary including these symptoms of COVID-19: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
- Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
- Self-monitoring for symptoms provides info. essential for identifying illness early to help contain the spread, and so your healthcare provider can better assist you remotely. If you need urgent care, this info. will help get you to a medical facility at the right time.
- The majority of COVID-19 cases are non-life threatening and can be resolved at home.
What to do if you are experiencing SEVERE symptoms of COVID-19
- If you are experiencing severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing, severe or persistent chest pains, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, pale, grey or blue-colored skin or lips or nail beds, depending on skin tone CALL 911
What to do if you are experiencing MILD to MODERATE symptoms of COVID-19
- If you are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms AND have a chronic medical condition such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes contact your primary care provider without delay. If you cannot reach a primary care provider, contact your preferred local urgent care facility for help or request the assistance of the Monhegan EMA Director at (207) 691-7390.
- If you are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms, it is recommended that you:
- Contact a primary care provider. For help finding a provider, contact the Monhegan EMA Director or dial 211.
- Notify anyone you live with or have been in recent close contact with.
- Stay home. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and recover at home without medical care beyond speaking with a healthcare provider by phone or video-conference. Do not leave your home. Do not visit public areas except to get essential medical care.
- Stay away from others. Practice self-isolation at home to separate yourself from other people in your home. You should stay in a specific “sick room” if possible, and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available. Check the US CDC and Maine CDC websites for additional guidance.
- Pre-arrange transportation with boat operators or via the EMA Director if you need to get to a medical facility so plans can be made that minimize transmission risk for all involved.
Contacts for Questions & Concerns
Monhegan EMA Director: Jes Stevens, (207) 691-7390, email@example.com
Local Health Officer: Jim Buccheri, (207) 350-7512, firstname.lastname@example.org