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Posted on: March 12, 2020

[ARCHIVED] COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

Stop the Spread of Germs

The City of Biddeford is working with the Maine CDC to prepare for the potential spread in Maine of the respiratory illness called COVID-19, more commonly referred to as coronavirus. We urge our community to practice good hand hygiene, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home if you are sick. If you are concerned that you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your health care provider, who will determine whether you should be tested and, as appropriate, submit a sample for testing.

The best way to get accurate, up-to-date information about Coronavirus in our area is to sign up for Public Health Email Alerts from the Maine CDC. 

Additionally, you can now contact 211 Maine to get answers to questions about Coronavirus at any time. This service is available by dialing 211 (or 1-866-811-5695), texting your ZIP code to 898-211, or emailing Calls, texts, and emails to 211 are answered 24/7 by a person here in the state. 211 Maine is equipped to answer general questions about Coronavirus, including how Maine people can best protect themselves, options for testing, and travel considerations. Anyone looking for specific medical advice regarding symptoms they may be experiencing is strongly urged to call their medical provider, an urgent care center, or 911, depending on the severity of their symptoms.

COVID-19 Symptoms

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever 
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath

If you have symptoms that match the symptoms of coronavirus, stay home and call your primary care doctor. If you don’t have a primary care doctor, then call an urgent care facility. Do not visit any healthcare provider without giving advanced notice. They need time to prepare and consult with the Maine CDC.

Tips for Preventing the Spread of Illness

  •  Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. FMI: When and How to Wash Your Hands
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

Click here for information about preventing the spread of illness for non-native English speakers.

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