Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors

The normal YCAN pages are available at left on computers
or in the menu at top right on smartphones.

Coronavirus Information for Yarmouth, Maine

There are eight sections below:
Help With Food
Emotional Support
Your Neighborhood
How Can I Help
Your Safety
Local Information
Yarmouth Community Coronavirus Task Force
Travel Information
Reliable Sources of Information

Help With Food

Help With Grocery Shopping
Please contact the Yarmouth Community Coronavirus Task Force Help Line at (207) 846-4763 and ask about the Shop Gap program (see video). If you qualify, a volunteer will take your shopping list and payment to the grocery store and deliver those groceries to your home. Speak slowly when you leave a message with your name and phone number. Someone will get back to you.

Want to help a neighbor with shopping?
See “Your Neighborhood” and “How Can I Help” sections below

For Additional Food Needs
Free under-18 meals (Lunch Crunch) during this school closure
Additional options are described on: Need Food Support

Emotional Support

We all face many uncertainties at the moment, including job losses, money, isolation, and stress. Eight therapists, chaplains, and pastors are on call to provide emotional support for those who need to talk with someone. Please email your contact information to yarmouthemotionalfirstaid@gmail.com and someone will get back to you. This does not replace therapeutic help.

For teens between the ages of 14 and 20, the Yarmouth Community Coronavirus Task Force (see contact information below) can make referrals to trained peer-to-peer counselors available at the state level.

Your Neighborhood

Find your Yarmouth Neighborhood Communicator
These volunteers keep their neighbors informed about the latest Coronavirus information, and connect them with the most appropriate resources to help meet their needs.

How Can I Help?

Want to help a neighbor with shopping?
Getting Started
Suggested “How To” Guidelines
Sample Shopping List

Yarmouth Sewing Warriors: Website, Facebook Group

Volunteer to assist the YCCTF (see below): e-mail your interest to Cass: konaki78@hotmail.com

Donate to Yarmouth CAN (YCAN) via PayPal, Credit Card, or Debit Card by using this button: Donate Button with Credit Cards
or by mailing a check to
– Yarmouth CAN, P.O. Box 553, Yarmouth, ME 04096
If you wish to direct your funds to a specific use, the most immediate needs are:
– Yarmouth Community Food Pantry, or
– Yarmouth Community Coronavirus Task Force
You are welcome to write your preferred used on the Memo line of your check.

How to help your community (Press Herald article)

Your Safety

Everyone, kids included, should practice “Social Distancing” while out. Old habits may need occasional friendly reminders to overcome.

Frequent and good hand washing is critical, as described by How to wash your hands properly. Gloves are not “better”, even for employees. For an interesting video demonstration, watch Effective Hand Washing (black ink on gloves). When you cannot wash your hands, use hand sanitizer (see video on how to make your own).

When out, do not touch your face (particularly when wearing a mask or gloves).

Masks are only needed when in a more crowded place (like a grocery store). Knowing how to put one on and take it off properly is critical. Do not touch the front of your mask, either while wearing it, taking it off, or putting it on again. Which type of mask do I need? Where to Buy a Mask in Maine.

Local Information

Update from Yarmouth Police, Chief of Police Dan Gallant
Guidance From The Emergency Management Director, Fire Chief Micheal Robitaille
Changes to Emergency Response Protocols, Fire Chief Michael Robitaille
Changes to Yarmouth Police protocols, Chief of Police Dan Gallant
Yarmouth businesses – hours and services updates (Yarmouth Chamber)
Town of Yarmouth website (services, hours, town government)

Yarmouth Community Coronavirus Task Force (YCCTF)

Call (207) 846-4763, Mon-Sat, 10 am – 2 pm
for help with:
– Grocery Shopping for you (Shop Gap program)
– Getting you a ride
– Virus information

– Emotional Support
Other needs arising from this epidemic
Please speak slowly when you leave a message with your name and phone number and someone will get back to you.

Visit the YCCTF Facebook Page and watch The Yarmouth Community Coronavirus Task Force, with Sharon McDonnell, Medical Epidemiologist.

Mission Statement
The Yarmouth Community Coronavirus Task Force’s mission is to identify and respond to the evolving needs from Covid 19 in our region.

Vision Statement
The Yarmouth Community Coronavirus Task Force’s vision is to coordinate with local volunteers, professionals, and existing agencies in communicating reliable information, and meeting psychosocial, medical and food insecurity and other needs as they arise in our region.

The Yarmouth Community coronavirus Task Force’s values are to support our community with respect, compassion, honesty, integrity and transparency in order to treat everyone in our community equitably.

Read YCCTF progress reports:
April 15, April 29,
May 6, May 13, May 20, May 27,
June 30, June 10, June 17, June 24,
July 15, July 24

Travel Information

Visiting Maine from other New England States (as of 7/12/2020):
States Exempted From Quarantine or Testing Requirements
– Connecticut (Effective July 3, 2020)
– New Hampshire (Effective June 26, 2020)
– New Jersey (Effective July 3, 2020)
– New York (Effective July 3, 2020)
– Vermont (Effective June 26, 2020)
Maine considers a number of quantitative and qualitative measures in making this determination, which is designed to protect public health. The State will continue to evaluate exemptions based on public health information.

Visiting other New England States from Maine:
New Hampshire (as of 7/12/20):
The two week self-quarantine has been lifted for those traveling to New Hampshire from surrounding New England States (Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island). Those traveling to New Hampshire from non-New England states for an extended period of time are still asked to self-quarantine for a two-week period.

Massachusetts (as of 7/12/2020):
All travelers arriving to Massachusetts – including Massachusetts residents returning home – are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days, except that, beginning July 1, 2020, travelers from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, and New Jersey arriving in Massachusetts are exempt from this directive and need not self-quarantine for 14 days.  In addition, workers designated by the federal government as essential critical infrastructure workers are exempt from the directive to self-quarantine for 14 days if traveling to Massachusetts for work purposes.  All persons are instructed not to travel to Massachusetts if they are displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

No easy summary to capture but the link above appears to be the place to start.

Rhode Island:
Within the link above there is a regularly updated link based on COVID test positivity rates for each state.  The linked page also includes a certificate of compliance form and a screening form.

Connecticut (as of 7/12/20):
Regional Travel Advisory: Effective 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, anyone traveling into Connecticut, New York, or New Jersey from a state that has a new daily positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average are directed to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state.
– As of July 7 there are nineteen states that meet the criteria; none are New England states.
– Recommendation: Check the link above regularly.

Reliable Sources of Information

Maine plan for restarting

A five-layered defense for workplace re-opening

Blog by Sharon McDonnell, Medical Epidemiologist
TED Talk by Larry Brilliant, Epidemiologist
Atul Gawande interview with Judy Woodruff

World Coronavirus history: WorldOMeter, Covid Trends

US Forecasts: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)

Maine CDC Coronavirus Information (with most recent press conference video)

For Maine and Cumberland County:
Covid Trends (Maine only)
Charts describing infections and recoveries
Daily history of Maine CDC statistics with calculated statistics

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