March 22, 2020
Letter From the Board of Assessors
On March 16th the Board of Assessors were in attendance at a meeting of the School Committee and Superintendent of schools to be informed on the protocol for instituting remote learning for students of the Monhegan School and for maintaining the health and safety of all school staff and students in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. It became clear over the course of the meeting, and as the news and Maine CDC shed light on the severity of the pandemic that Monhegan leadership needed a unified response to COVID-19. During the next scheduled Assessors Meeting on March 17th, 2020, a motion to create the Monhegan COVID-19 Task Force passed unanimously.
The Assessors recognize that as a community, we all have the capacity to stay informed, monitor our health and act in accordance with what’s best for our community’s well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. In its official capacity, the Monhegan COVID-19 Task Force acts as a unified voice with the Board of Assessors. Our top priority is building preparedness and responding to the immediate health and safety concerns of all persons on Monhegan Island. We are also presently assessing the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Plantation’s businesses and financial resources.
Please see below the Monhegan COVID-19 Task Force purpose statement and most recent bulletin, which will be presented by the Monhegan Boat-Line to all persons making reservations or preparing to board their vessels through April 1st and to be reassessed at that time.
Thank you all, especially to everyone who has adjusted their schedule and normal routine, and acted as leaders, to help maintain our community wellness with utmost caution at this time.
Be Safe, Be well,
Mott Feibusch, First Assessor
Andrew Dalyrmple, Second Assessor
Origin and Purpose of Monhegan COVID-19 Task Force:
On March 17th, 2020, the Monhegan COVID-19 Task Force was formed to support municipal departments through the COVID-19 pandemic by following the latest recommendations coming from the Federal and Maine Centers for Disease Control in order to support all residents of Monhegan Island.
The Task Force is here to work with the Monhegan community to do everything we possibly can to assist however possible through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Currently, the Monhegan COVID-19 Task Force is composed of:
Acting EMA Director Jes Stevens, First Assessor Mott Feibusch; Second Assessor Andrew Dalrymple; Local Health Officer (position vacant at present), Monhegan School Committee Members Joan Brady & Mary Weber; Superintendent of Schools Tonya Arnold; Fire Chief (on an as needed basis); Constable Matt Weber; Hospitality Representative John Murdock.
Monhegan COVID-19 Task Force Points of Contact:
Acting EMA Director: Jessica Stevens, 207-691-7390, firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Health Officer: please contact Acting EMA Director or First Assessor until position is filled.
The Monhegan COVID-19 Task Force Will Meet Via Zoom (Link Below) on Tuesdays at 1:30 PM unless otherwise noted. These Work Sessions Are Open To The Public.
Next meeting: Tuesday June 23rd
The Plantation's Acting EMA Director holds an "Open Office Hour" via the Zoom link below on Mondays 3:00-4:00 pm and on Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 1:00-2:00 pm. Covid-19 and other public health and safety questions, concerns and comments related to Monhegan can be shared and discussed during these times.
May, 2020 Travel Guidelines issued in response to the Novel COVID-19 Pandemic by Monhegan Plantation’s COVID-19 Task Force:
Please be aware that from May 1st through May 31st the Monhegan Boatline is limiting passengers per trip. Tickets will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Please call well ahead of your arrival date to make a RESERVATION. For reservations in the final 24 hours prior to departure call Monhegan Boatline at (207) 372-8848. If no answer, contact Amy Barstow at email@example.com, cell phone (207) 691-3435.
Please postpone travel to Monhegan if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19.
In the Month of May, travel to Monhegan for essential purposes only.
Practice Physical Distancing of 6 feet on Wharfs, Boats & Monhegan.
Bring a cloth face covering with you to wear on the Monhegan Boatline Wharf & Boats, on Monhegan Wharf and on Monhegan Island, in accordance with the Maine Governor’s Executive Order 49.
If anyone in your party meets an exception listed below please alert the Boatline Office staff as soon as possible so accommodations can be worked out for crew & passenger safety.
Exceptions to the cloth face covering requirement:
child under age 2 or a child in a childcare setting.
anyone who has trouble breathing or related medical conditions.
if unable to remove the face covering without assistance.
PLEASE DO YOUR PART TO KEEP COVID-19 FROM SPREADING TO THE BOAT CREW AND TO MONHEGAN.
Monhegan has very limited resources for COVID-19 emergencies. There is NO staffed health care facility on the island. Calls to 911 are responded to by a few island volunteers trained in basic first aid. Advanced EMS providers must travel from the mainland. Weather and other circumstances may delay care. There are only VERY LIMITED supplies of personal protective equipment, medical equipment (including thermometers), and hygiene & sanitation products available on island.
For more info. go to Monhegan Plantation website to view “COVID19 Resources”: http://www.monheganplantation.com/covid-19-resources.html
INFORMATION ISSUED BY THE GOVERNOR & STATE OF MAINE:
Governor’s “Stay Safer at Home” Executive Order 49 of April 29, 2020 - continues several orders listed below through May 31, 2020 and requires cloth face coverings where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
For up-to-date information on Maine’s response to COVID-19, please visit Coronavirus.Maine.Gov.
Governor’s “Stay Safer at Home” Executive Order 49 of April 29, 2020
Governor’s Executive Order 34 of April 3, 2020 re: Quarantine Restrictions on Travellers Arriving in Maine
Governor’s “Stay at Home” Executive Order 28 of March 31, 2020
Governor’s Executive Order 19 of March 24, 2020 & April 7, 2020 re: essential/non-essential businesses
Governor’s Executive Order 14 of March 18, 2020 re: limit on gath
INFORMATION ON FINANCIAL RESOURCES & ASSISTANCE:
Summary of Opportunities Related to the March 27, 2020 CARES Act
Family & Small Businesses Financial Resources Page
MISCA Community Relief Fund and Resource Listings (coming soon)
March 17, 2020
To: The Monhegan Community
As you should be aware, COVID19 has been rapidly evolving and spreading throughout the country and the world. Monhegan is extremely vulnerable. We all feel a responsibility to do our part in keeping this virus from spreading to our neighbors and ourselves.
Be aware that a MONHEGAN COVID-19 LEADERSHIP TEAM has been formed and is planning for short and long-term needs. If you have Monhegan specific questions that cannot be answered by checking the CDC websites daily, please address them to the people listed at the bottom. Urgent questions and/or confidential questions can be addressed to Jes Stevens, Mott Feibusch, and Tara Hire.
It is vital that islanders limit the number of non-essential trips inshore. This includes, but is not limited to: non-essential healthcare appointments and vet appointments, non-essential employment related travel, non-essential supply shopping, and vacations or other leisure activities. Please consider the risk you may bring to the vulnerable on island population.
If you have been inshore, and especially out of state, PLEASE self-quarantine for 14 days. National and international experts, including the Maine CDC and US CDC, this is a safe estimate on how long it would take for the virus to present itself. An additional precaution is to avoid touching other people’s pets as the virus could be on their fur. Social distancing by keeping at least a 6 foot distance from the person you are interacting with, be it at the post office, the road, the wharf, or elsewhere will help prevent the virus from being transmitted.
At the same time, some community leaders and residents feel strongly that travel to the island by non-residents should be restricted. Cooperation and consideration of others during this time is the acknowledged best practice in containing COVID19. Monhegan has extremely limited medical capabilities in place and medical supplies on hand for dealing with infectious diseases, and certainly no on-island means for providing prescription medications.
We are working proactively with the Monhegan Boat Line to address safety concerns in the coming days. We are also communicating with L. Brackett & Son store and the Post Office to minimize interactions that could spread the virus. At present, Lisa is willing to deliver groceries and has made adequate provisions for sterile interactions in the store as well as taking orders for items off island. Jim is willing to deliver anybody’s mail who feels they need that service provided.
If you are presenting symptoms of dry cough, shortness of breath or fever, please self-quarantine and alert a friend or neighbor who can help get you supplies without you having to go to the store. Call your primary care provider, or PenBay medical center (or your preferred medical facility) to learn what next steps to take, including how to address any testing needs.. If you have symptoms that begin to worsen and your healthcare provider advises you go to a inshore medical facility, please contact the Monhegan Health Officer, Tara Hire at (207) 210-2544 or Monhegan Emergency Management Director, Jes Stevens, at (207) 691-7390 so you can make a safe plan to get inshore as soon as possible while limiting exposure to first responders and ferry employees. Confidentiality will be a priority.
For those of us who are not on island yet for the season, especially non-residents, if you have the ability to stay where you are, please heed the advice given nationally to help prevent the spread of the virus by limiting your travel. These precautions will not only help the Monhegan community overcome this virus, but the state of Maine, and the United States as well.
Please visit the Maine CDC website https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/ for further, and more comprehensive, information on combating COVID19.
And lastly, remember: Mental health is equally as important as physical safety and well-being. Stay informed, respect those who are in self-quarantine and those who continue to fulfill essential roles within our community by practicing social distancing, wearing personal protective equipment when handling or touching objects in public spaces, and being kind and compassionate to your neighbors in these uncertain times. Take the time to get outside and clear your head in the fresh air and observe the small but beautiful signs of Spring. We are all together, even when we are apart.