A message from Governor Janet Mills
Time and again, Maine people have risen to the challenges put in front of us. We have survived blizzards, ice storms, depressions, booms and busts. We’ve suffered loss — as a state and as families. We have conquered them because we are a strong, resilient people – borne of the western foothills; the northern potato fields; the bold, rocky coasts; and the tall, pine forests. We have been lifted up by the courage, conviction and resilience that comes from loving a place and its people. Let us continue to prepare, take every precaution, remain both careful and compassionate. We will get through this.
What you need to know
Last updated Jan. 20, 2021
- Jan. 19: Governor Mills has extended the State of Civil Emergency in Maine through Feb. 17. This allows Maine to draw down critical federal resources and to deploy all available tools to respond to and contain COVID-19.
- Jan. 18: A list of vaccination sites now accepting, or preparing to accept, vaccine appointments for Maine residents age 70 and over is now available.
- Jan. 13: Governor Janet Mills has announced updates to Maine’s strategy for distributing its limited allocation of COVID-19 vaccines targeted toward preventing serious illness and saving the lives of Maine people.
- Jan. 8: Maine has placed its latest order for COVID-19 vaccine, and has begun tracking first and second doses on the official vaccine website. For the latest on COVID-19 vaccination in Maine, please visit our vaccine updates page.
- Dec. 31: Maine placed its fifth order for COVID-19 vaccine, beginning to extend vaccination beyond hospital staff to additional health care workers.
- Dec. 30: Governors of the New England states and New Jersey announced the suspension of interstate youth hockey competitions has been extended through January 31, 2021.
- Dec. 30: With an increase in Maine’s COVID-19 positivity rate and a continued high rate of hospitalizations, the required closing time of 9:00 p.m. for certain businesses statewide has been extended until further notice.
- Dec. 22: Governor Mills has extended the State of Civil Emergency in Maine through Dec. 23. This allows Maine to draw down critical federal resources and to deploy all available tools to respond to and contain COVID-19.
- Dec. 18: The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has placed a third order for COVID-19 vaccine with Operation Warp Speed and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Maine CDC ordered doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 8,775 people, which is 40 percent fewer than originally planned.
- Dec. 11: Due to increased transmission and cases of COVID-19, Governor Mills has signed an Executive Order (PDF) that simplifies and strengthens the enforcement of the State’s face covering requirement. Moving forward, owners and operators of all indoor public spaces – regardless of the type of entity or size – must not allow those who refuse to wear a face covering to enter or remain in their venue.
For the latest on COVID-19 vaccination in Maine, please visit our vaccine updates page.
For prior response items, please visit the COVID-19 response timeline.
Maine’s COVID-19 Response
See the latest news releases, radio addresses, executive orders from Gov. Janet Mills, as well as a timeline of the administration's response to COVID-19.
Maine’s CDC updates COVID-19 cases on its website every day. Dr. Nirav Shah, Maine CDC director, holds a live public briefings multiple times per week. Watch here or visit MainePublic on YouTube to view past briefings.
NEW: COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Maine is committed to an accessible, flexible and equitable vaccination effort. The supply of COVID-19 vaccines is limited, so they must be distributed in a phased approach.
Maine is currently in Phase 1a.
To learn more about Maine's vaccine process and when you are eligible for vaccination, please visit our vaccine website.
Travel and Visitor Information
The plan relies on three cornerstones: 1) testing that encourages all visitors to “know before you go”; 2) screening for symptoms among travelers; and 3) engaging Maine communities to promote COVID-19-prevention best practices and public health education.
States Currently Exempted From Testing Requirements
- New Hampshire
To receive updates on Maine’s response to COVID-19, text MECOVID to 898-211 to sign up.
A-Z Agency Directory
Every state agency is responding to challenges from COVID-19. Explore this directory of state resource pages to find the answers or support you need.
Stay Healthy, Stay at Home
For more on keeping yourself and your loved ones healthy, visit the Maine CDC.
Know the symptoms
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, shortness of breath, and lower respiratory distress,and may appear 2-14 days after exposure. If you, or someone you know, is exhibiting these symptoms, contact your medical provider.
Gov. Mills has issued a “Stay Safer at Home” Order for all Maine people. All out-of-state travelers coming into Maine, and Maine residents returning to Maine, must either receive a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to arrival or complete a 10-day quarantine, per the Keep Maine Healthy plan.
Take every precaution
Stock up on supplies, including daily medications. If you must leave your home for an essential reason, stay 6 feet away from other people. Maine has mandated wearing a cloth face covering (PDF) in public settings. Wash your hands often, and for at least 20 seconds. Cover all coughs and sneezes.
In addition to orders from physicians, the State now allows anyone with elevated risk of COVID-19 to receive a test without an physician order. It remains advised to contact your medical provider to determine whether you should be tested, and to find your nearest testing location.
Meeting Basic Needs
Apply for assistance
The Department of Health and Human Services administers several critical assistance programs to aid Mainers harmed by COVID-19 (PDF), which support food security, health care, emergency benefits and more. To learn more and apply, visit MyMaineConnection.
Arrange for child care
Licensed child care is available. To find options near you, follow this guidance (PDF). If you need help to afford child care, visit the Child Care Subsidy Program. For updates on how COVID-19 is affecting child care in Maine, visit the visit the DHHS Office of Child and Family Services.
Organizations that serve Maine people through MaineCare can find the latest guidance on the state’s COVID-19 policy response and regulatory changes from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Support for Maine Workers
File for unemployment benefits online and explore enhanced programs available due to COVID-19 through the Maine Department of Labor. You do not need to do anything special for unemployment claims related to COVID-19. For questions, contact the Department of Labor online.
Guidance for employees
For answers to common questions about sick and family leave, Maine’s labor laws, and other work-related issues, visit the Maine Department of Labor’s Guidance on Coronavirus Response and Updates. For more information about how coronavirus is affecting federal wage and family and medical leave laws visit the U.S. Department of Labor.
For state workers
State of Maine employees seeking additional guidance should visit the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services’s Coronavirus Disease Guidance.
Support for Maine’s Economy
Maine Economic Recovery Support
Maine’s small businesses and their workers are the backbone of our economy. For the latest information on business supports, please visit the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, the Small Business Administration, and the Finance Authority of Maine, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Restarting Maine’s Economy
The Mills Administration has prepared a plan to gradually and safely restart Maine’s economy, which established four gradual stages of reopening.
Economic Recovery Committee
Gov. Janet Mills has created an Economic Recovery Committee to offer expert recommendations on sustaining and growing Maine's economy during and after COVID-19. Read its final report on its website.
Support for Students and Families
The Maine Department of Education, in collaboration with public health experts, created this framework for safely reopening Maine schools. The Department has also launched a dashboard tracking COVID-19 cases in Maine schools, available here.
University of Maine
The University of Maine System is updating its operations, policies and resources for students, faculty staff and families affected by COVID-19.
Use social media to connect with your friends, family and community, and follow Maine officials and agencies that are delivering important and timely COVID-19 information. Find who to follow here.