COVID-19 Resources

What if I feel sick?

  • Call your doctor:  If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
     

  • Visit the Center For Disease Control and Prevention's website for guidelines on how to protect yourself from COVID-19 and what you should do if you think you’re sick. 
     

State of Maine

COVID-19 response

Governor Janet Mills and the State Legislature passed two emergency bills to support workers and small businesses impacted by COVID-19 and to ensure the state government has the tools to help every Mainer in the face of a global pandemic.  

 

What resources are there for me if I lost my job?
 

  • The state government is establishing a consumer loan guarantee program to provide no-interest loans for Maine workers who have lost their job or seen a drop in pay as a result of COVID-19
     

  • And temporarily expanding eligibility for unemployment benefits for workers impacted by COVID-19

What resources are there for my kids home from school?
 

  • The state government is Increasing the Department of Education’s ability to waive certain school-day requirements and to continue school lunch programs for all eligible children

 

What is being done to contain the coronavirus in Maine?
 

  • The legislature authorized Governor Mills to determine and direct the manner of the June 2020 primary, if necessary
     

  • The state government is delaying the effective date of the single-use plastic bag ban to January 15, 2021.

  • The legislature authorized Governor Mills to adjust state, county and municipal government deadlines and to permit all public entities to meet by remote participation
     

  • The state government is expanding the ability of Maine Emergency Medical Services’ Board and staff to take actions more promptly

What actions will help me if I can't pay my bills?
 

  • The legislature authorized Governor Mills to prohibit utilities from terminating residential electric and water service

Resources for workers and small businesses

Maine Equal Justice
 

Visit Maine Equal Justice for information on health care, food and financial security, evictions and court proceedings, and other resources. Maine Equal Justice is continuously updating these resources as information becomes available.
 

Mainers Together
 

Visit Mainers Together if you have a request for assistance or if you want to volunteer to support your neighbors in need in a time of crisis.

Maine Chamber of Commerce

Visit the Chamber of Commerce for updates and information about how COVID-19 is impacting small businesses and what you can do to help. 
 

State of Maine

COVID-19 response

Governor Janet Mills and the State Legislature passed two emergency bills to support workers and small businesses impacted by COVID-19 and to ensure the state government has the tools to help every Mainer in the face of a global pandemic.  

 

What resources are there for me if I lost my job?
 

  • The state government is establishing a consumer loan guarantee program to provide no-interest loans for Maine workers who have lost their job or seen a drop in pay as a result of COVID-19
     

  • And temporarily expanding eligibility for unemployment benefits for workers impacted by COVID-19

What resources are there for my kids home from school?
 

  • The state government is Increasing the Department of Education’s ability to waive certain school-day requirements and to continue school lunch programs for all eligible children

 

What is being done to contain the coronavirus in Maine?
 

  • The legislature authorized Governor Mills to determine and direct the manner of the June 2020 primary, if necessary
     

  • The state government is delaying the effective date of the single-use plastic bag ban to January 15, 2021.

  • The legislature authorized Governor Mills to adjust state, county and municipal government deadlines and to permit all public entities to meet by remote participation
     

  • The state government is expanding the ability of Maine Emergency Medical Services’ Board and staff to take actions more promptly

What actions will help me if I can't pay my bills?
 

  • The legislature authorized Governor Mills to prohibit utilities from terminating residential electric and water service

Kennebec and Lincoln County resources

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

WIC provides healthy food and nutritional guidance to eligible families. New mothers, pregnant women, and children under the age of five are eligible for WIC benefits if their family earns below a certain income level. Fathers of children under five can apply for WIC benefits for their children. To apply for WIC, contact your local WIC clinic at one of the numbers below.

 

  • Augusta: 626-6350

  • Waterville: 861-3580

  • Rockland: 594-4329

  • Bath: 442-7963

Meals on Wheels

The Meals on Wheels program delivers meals to homebound people 60 years of age or older as well as people with disabilities who are unable to prepare their own meals. To apply for this program or learn more, contact your local Nutritional Coordinator.
 

  • Knox and Lincoln Counties: 790-6021

  • Northern Kennebec County (Waterville Area): 660-9263

  • Southern Kennebec County (Augusta Area): 620-1187

Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF):

SNAP helps income eligible families pay for groceries. TANF provides direct cash assistance to families in need. To see if you’re eligible to participate in SNAP or TANF, and to apply, contact your local DHHS District Office.
 

  • Augusta District Office: Covering Kennebec and Somerset Counties

    • Phone: 624-8090

  • Rockland District Office: Covering Lincoln, Knox, Waldo, and Sagadahoc Counties

    • Phone: 596-4217

School Lunches

While schools in Maine are closed right now, many are still offering packed lunches to children who need them. To connect with your child’s school district and find out how you can pick up packed lunches, go to: www.maine.gov/doe/meals

 

Food Banks

Click here for Lincoln and Kennebec County Food Bank resources.

Financial Resources

General Assistance: 

 

Towns in Maine provide money through their General Assistance program to income eligible residents to help pay for basic needs. To apply to receive General Assistance, contact your local town office.

Maine Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP):
 

LIHEAP provides money to low income renters and homeowners to help cover some of their heating costs. To apply for LIHEAP or learn more, contact your local Community Action Agency.

Kennebec Valley Community Action Program (KVCAP): Covering Kennebec, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, and Somerset Counties.
Phone: 859-1500

Town office numbers - Kennebec County

Albion: 437-2900

Augusta: 626-2325

Belgrade: 495-2258

Benton: 453-7191

Chelsea: 582-4802

China: 445-2014

Clinton: 426-8511

Farmingdale: 582-2225

Fayette: 685-4373

Gardiner: 582-1000 
Hallowell: 430-4401
Litchfield: 268-4721
Manchester: 622-1894
Monmouth: 933-2206
Mount Vernon: 293-2379

Oakland: 465-7357

Pittston: 582-4438
Randolph: 582-5808
Readfield: 685-4939
Rome: 397-4011

Sidney: 547-3340
Vassalboro: 872-2826
Vienna: 293-2915
Waterville: 680-4213
Wayne: 685-4983
West Gardiner: 724-3945
Windsor: 445-2998
Winslow: 872-2776
Winthrop: 377-7200

 

Town office numbers - Lincoln County

Alna: 586-5313
Boothbay: 633-2051
Boothbay Harbor: 633-3671
Bremen: 529-5945
Bristol: 563-5270
Damariscotta: 563-5168
Dresden: 737-4335

Edgecomb: 882-7018
Jefferson: 549-7401

Monhegan Plantation: 594-8833

Newcastle: 563-3441

Nobleboro: 563-8816
Somerville: 549-3828
South Bristol: 563-3977

Southport: 633-3318
Waldoboro: 832-5369
Westport Island: 882-8477
Whitefield: 549-5175
Wiscasset: 882-8200

 

Additional resources

Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap provides different programs for families and individuals in need: 

 

  • Addie’s Attic Clothing Bank: Providing free used clothing for men, women, and children of all ages and sizes.

  • Everyday Basic Essentials Pantry: Providing free products that are important for health but that aren’t covered by SNAP benefits including soap, shampoo, toilet paper, toothpaste, tampons, sanitary pads, diapers, and wipes.

Both of these services are available every Tuesday and Thursday as well as the first and third Saturday of each month from 10 AM to 2 PM.
 

Kennebec Valley Community Action Program (KVCAP)

KVCAP provides resources and guidance for low income people living in Kennebec, Lincoln, Somerset, and Sagadahoc Counties, connecting community members in need to a variety of local supports. KVCAP helps people find transportation services, heating assistance, parenting resources, and many other programs that promote financial stability.
 
KVCAP has additional resources to help residents during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please call 1-800-542-8227 or email at info@kvcap.org. To learn about KVCAP, visit www.kvcap.org

Maine 211

211 Maine can answer questions about the coronavirus including what options are available for testing, how you can stay safe, what you should consider if you’re traveling, and how you can volunteer to help people in your community during this crisis.

Dial 211 to access this service.
 

Maine Consumers for Affordable Health Care

Maine Consumers for Affordable Health Care helps Mainers find health care coverage either through MaineCare or private insurance. If you need coverage and are having a hard time finding the right health care coverage for you or your family, call the number below to request assistance from Maine Consumers for Affordable Healthcare. They will return all phone messages.


Phone: 1-800-965-7476

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