Coronavirus Updates & Resources

Recent State, National Updates


MMA Weekly Coronavirus Briefing, March 23-27 - https://bit.ly/39hvuJG


Maine CDC Announces First Virus-Related Death (March 27, 2020) - https://bit.ly/2wI2GN1


Governor Launches Online Coronavirus Help Resource Area (March 27, 2020) - https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/covid-19/maine-helps


State Agencies: Here’s How to Have Fun, and Stay Safe, Outside (March 26, 2020) - https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MEDACF/bulletins/2834af5


Virus Prompts Plastic Bag Ban Delay in Maine (March 24, 2020) – https://bit.ly/3dq2gLZ


Maine DEP Reminds People What NOT to Flush (March 23, 2020) – https://memun.org/Articles/Article-View/ArticleId/13027/Maine-DEP-Reminds-People-What-NOT-to-Flush


Mills Takes Emergency Action As Virus Case Numbers Rise (March 18, 2020) - https://www.mainepublic.org/post/number-maine-coronavirus-cases-rises-42-mills-issues-executive-order-new-restrictions


MMA Issues Important Legislative Summary and Update (March 18, 2020) – https://memun.org/Articles/Article-View/ArticleId/13013/MMA-Important-Legislative-Update


Maine DHHS Acts to Protect Health Care, Food, Basic Services (March 17, 2020) - https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/press-release.shtml?id=2227379


MMA Announces How Coronavirus Will Affect Operations, Force Changes, through April 30, 2020 – https://memun.org/Articles/Article-View/ArticleId/13004/MMA-Statement-on-Coronavirus-Operations-Impact-Changes


Gov. Mills’ Confirms First Positive Coronavirus Case; Declares Insurance Emergency, Offers Guidance on Large Public Events (March 13, 2020) - https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/press-release.shtml?id=2220078


Federal CDC Overview - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html


Federal CDC Guidance for Community Leaders - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html


State Activates 211 Coronavirus Information Line (March 12, 2020) - https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/press-release.shtml?id=2218094


CDC Offers Local Election Polling Advice (March 10, 2020) - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/election-polling-locations.html


MMA Legal, National League of Cities' and Other Resources


Legislative Wording for Law Enforcement, from Governor’s Emergency Declaration and Order (March 27, 2020) -
https://bit.ly/2QQVdCb


NLC To Hold Virus Response Webinars on Crisis Communications, Paid Family Leave (March 26, 2020) -

Municipalities Must Apply for Rapid Renewal (March 25, 2020) - https://bit.ly/2Ukgc2G


MMA Offers Basic Remote Meeting Technical Guidance (March 20, 2020) – https://memun.org/Documents?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=13662


MMA Legal: Updated Guidance on Remote Meeting Participation (March 19, 2020) –https://memun.org/Documents?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=13657


MMA Updates its Legal Guidance on Town Meetings (March 18, 2020) - https://memun.org/Articles/Article-View/ArticleId/13012/Updated-MMA-Legal-Guidance-on-Town-Meetings


NLC Update, Summary for Municipal Leaders - https://www.nlc.org/resource/coronavirus-response-resources-for-local-leaders


ICMA Advice on Local Preparedness - https://icma.org/coronavirus-resources-plan-and-prepare-now-it-hits-your-communit


Bloomberg Philanthropies, Johns Hopkins and Harvard to Help Municipalities Deal with Coronavirus (March 10, 2020) - https://www.bloomberg.org/program/public-health/coronavirus-local-response-initiative/

Employer Guidance, Financial Updates


U.S. Department of Labor Updates Paid Leave Requirements (March 26, 2020) - https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/osec/osec20200320


U.S. Department of Labor Updates Guidelines Regarding Employees and FMLA, re: Coronavirus (March 25, 2020) - https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic


Preti Flaherty Guidance for Employers on New Coronavirus Family Leave Act (March 25, 2020) - https://bit.ly/3blptwM


Maine EMS Resource Page, Update for First Responders (March 24, 2020) - https://www.maine.gov/ems/protocols-resources/coronavirus


U.S. Homeland Security Department Outlines Critical Infrastructure Job Functions (March 23, 2020) - https://bit.ly/2UaHjNw


Maine Department of Labor Updates Unemployment Advice (March 18, 2020) - https://memun.org/Documents?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=13655


Maine Labor Department Offers Guidance, Provides Links to Resources (March 12, 2020) - https://www.maine.gov/labor/docs/2020/COVID-19Resources.pdf


Evolving Guidance for Employers (CDC) - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html


CDC Updates Law Enforcement on Coping with Coronavirus (March 17, 2020) - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-law-enforcement.html


Health Care Guidance, Maine Municipal Employees Health Trust


MMEHT Coronavirus Information & Frequently Asked Questions - https://www.mmeht.org/coronavirus/


CDC Videos Offer Advice on Protecting Older Citizens (March 17, 2020) - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/videos.html


Health Perspective: Staying Informed - https://www.mmeht.org/news/stay-informed-about-the-coronavirus-covid-19/


CDC Poster on Preventing Coronavirus Spread (March 11, 2020) - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/factsheets.html


From Our Members


Augusta City Manager’s Emergency Declaration, Order (March 26, 2020) - https://bit.ly/2JdTbrM


City of Portland’s Stay at Home Requirement and Emergency Declaration (March 26, 2020) - https://bit.ly/2y8b5d3


Portland Issues Stay at Home Order (March 24, 2020) – https://www.pressherald.com/2020/03/24/portland-issues-shelter-in-place-order-closes-additional-private-workplaces/


Biddeford Officials’ Virtual Press Conference on Virus Response (March 23, 2020) – https://bit.ly/3bvKjdh


Lewiston Produces Informational Videos about Virus, in Six Languages (March 19, 2020) - https://www.lewistonmaine.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1354



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