COVID-19: Communities, Workplaces, and Schools
Communities, workplaces, and schools all play a role in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
On this page:
- Recommendations for COVID Positive Cases
- At-Home, Self-Collection Tests for COVID-19
- Community Mitigation
- Businesses and Workplaces
- Schools and Early Care and Education
- Day and Overnight Camps
- Additional U.S. CDC Guidance
- Guidance and Other Resources
Maine CDC created informational packets with recommendations for certain groups:
Maine CDC created guidance for at-home, self-collection tests for COVID-19 (PDF), including when to consider using an at-home, self-collection test and what to do after a positive or negative result.
Community mitigation activities are actions that people and communities can take to slow the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19. Mitigation strategies include:
- Personal protective measures (handwashing, wearing face coverings, etc) that individuals can use while in community settings
- Social distancing (maintaining physical distancing of 6 feet or more from others)
- Environmental surface cleaning at home and in community settings like schools and businesses
Worker safety and support is critical to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. CDC has many resources available including health and safety steps for the workplace.
Maine's Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has a general COVID-19 prevention checklist for safely operating businesses. For questions about this checklist, please contact Maine DECD by calling 1-800-872-3838 or by emailing email@example.com.
U.S. CDC also has guidance available for cleaning and disinfecting facilities as well as guidance for reopening buidings after shutdown.
As businesses work on updating and revising their safety plans and contingency plans for if a case is identified in their workplace, a number of questions may come up that businesses need help answering. First, check to see if U.S. CDC has addressed the question in their workplaces and businesses website. If that question is not addressed, you can contact Maine CDC at 1-800-821-5821 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org (this email is not secure and patient information should not be sent).
Public health policies, such as quarantine length, are determined by local health authorities and are based on the latest available science from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. CDC). According to the U.S. CDC, “Your local public health authorities make the final decisions about how long quarantine should last, based on local conditions and needs.” In Maine, the “local public health authority” is the Maine CDC.
The Maine CDC’s Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on the Investigation of COVID-19 in Pre-K-12 Schools sets forth Maine CDC’s recommendations for prevention and management of COVID-19 in school settings. But where a particular public health policy applies generally to everyone in the state, regardless of age or setting, only the Maine CDC may establish the policy (e.g., quarantine or isolation length). For matters that are internal to a school setting, the school system itself may set the guidance. Schools must adhere to Maine CDC’s uniform, statewide quarantine policy.
Please see Maine's Department of Education (Maine DOE) webpage for COVID-19 for the most recent updates and resources for schools.
U.S. CDC also has Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools available.
Find the most updated COVID-19 isolation, quarantine, and "Test to Stay" guidance for Maine early care and education settings. Find frequently asked questions about the "Test to Stay" guidance and other information here under the "Child Care Licensing" tab.
If you are looking for child care, please visit the Child Care Choices website. Please visit Maine's Child Care Subsidy Program website for information on the Child Care Subsidy Program and information on applying.
For day and overnight camps, recommended testing strategies:
- Antigen testing
- Pooled PCR testing
- Check eligibility for the pooled testing program (under federal grant guidelines (PDF), we can provide pooled testing for school-affiliated camps or camps that can demonstrate provision for equitable access to educational and recreational activities).
- Private PCR testing
- Connect with and purchase PCR tests from a private lab facility.
Help Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19 (PDF)
Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) (PDF)
Customer and Visitor Screening Poster (PDF)
Multilingual Wash Your Hands Poster (PDF)
Wash Your Hands Poster (PDF)
Breakroom Sign (Color) (PDF)
Wash Hands Reminder (Color) (PDF)
Maximum Occupancy Sign (PDF)
School Prevention Poster (PDF)
Work Prevention Poster (PDF)
Face Covering Required Sign (Red) (PDF)
Face Covering Required Sign (Blue) (PDF)
Face Covering Required Sign (Black/White) (PDF)
I Tested Postive for COVID-19. Now What? (PDF)
I am a close contact of someone with COVID-19. Now what? (PDF)
Full list of Frequently Asked Questions
Pre-screening Tool for School Attendance - Maine Department of Education (PDF)
Child Feels/Appears Unwell Flowchart - Maine Department of Education (PDF)
What to do if your employee tests positive for COVID-19 (PDF)
Home Symptoms Screening Checklist (PDF)
Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/ Delivery Services During COVID-19 Pandemic (PDF)
Mental Health Resources During COVID-19 (PDF)
Ending COVID‐19 Isolation in Non‐Healthcare Settings (PDF) | عربي (PDF) | Français (PDF) | Kreyòl Ayisyen (PDF) | Lingala (PDF) | Português (PDF) | Soomaali (PDF) | Español (PDF) | Tiếng Việt (PDF)
Ending Quarantine and Return to Work if You Are Exposed to a COVID‐19 Case (PDF) | عربي (PDF) | Français (PDF) | Kreyòl Ayisyen (PDF) | Lingala (PDF) | Português (PDF) | Soomaali (PDF) | Español (PDF) | Tiếng Việt (PDF)
Button Templates (PDF)
Isolation and Quarantine Guidance for Household Contacts (PDF)