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Public Health

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

For preventative measures, City Hall and all municipal buildings are closed to the public until April 1, 2020. This will be reassessed and any updates announced. Please see the full press release here or below.

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How to protect yourself
Feeding our community
Shopping hours for at-risk individuals
Local take-out and Delivery
Transit Information
Business Resources
Saco Schools
SENIOR CITIZEN TAX WORK-OFF PROGRAM
Additional Resources


How to protect yourself
Maine CDC is requiring and recommending social distancing for Maine people at this time in order to protect themselves and slow the spread of COVID-19. Beyond social distancing, everyone should follow the same preventative measures that help avoid catching a cold. This includes:

  • Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throwing the tissue in the trash.
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water and use an alcohol-based sanitizer between washings.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick and avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Staying home if you are sick.
  • Taking care of your health overall by staing current on your vaccinations, including the flu vaccine, eating well, getting a good night's sleep, and exercising.
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Feeding our Community 
Saco Food Pantry
The Saco Food Pantry is still open. Please visit their Facebook page for updates. If you are able, consider making a donation. If you'd like to volunteer, please contact Lynn at 494-8662.

Saco Schools
Please consider dropping off non-perishable food items and toiletries Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and noon at the Superintendent's Office at 90 Beach Street in the shed in the parking lot. 
Directions will be posted on the window of the shed. This couldn't have been made possible without the generous cooperation of Shed Happens in Saco, Maine! Thank you to this outstanding local business

Youth Full Maine
Restaurants and bakeries and pubs and cafes: if you have to close, we can pick up your perishable foods and distribute them to people in need this week and going forward. We know this is a scary time for our beloved places where we eat and drink, for their staff and owners. We will be back in force as soon as you're open again. You can post a comment here, message us, call (207) 391-0185, or email info@youthfullme.org. Good luck and good health to us all. 

Shopping Hours for at-risk individuals
Several area stores are offering special shopping hours for older adults and at-risk individuals:

Shaws - Tuesday and Thursday from 7-9 AM
Market Basket - Tuesday through Thursday from 5:30-7 AM (60+ only)
Walmart - March 24 through April 28, stores will open one hour early on Tuesdays for customers 60+. Most stores in Maine open at 7 AM, so this special hour would start at 6 AM.
Target - Every Wednesday the first hour of the store opening. Most stores in Maine open at 8 AM.

If you are NOT 60+ or an at-risk shopper, please honor these special hours. We can all do our part to make sure everyone is able to purchase what they need, and help limit the spread of COVID-19.

Local Take-out and Delivery
The Biddeford+Saco Chamber of Commerce has an excellent list of take-out and delivery options in the area so that you can continue to support local businesses as you are able. See the full list here.

TRANSIT INFORMATION Updated on 3/17/20
The Saco Transportation Center will be closed to the public beginning at 8:00 AM on March 18, 2020 until April 1, 2020. We will reevaluate the closure at that time. Please see the Amtrak website and BSOOB Transit website  directly for train and bus service updates.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to make modifications to our operations for the health and safety of our community members, employees, and volunteers. Please continue to practice social distancing and stay home if you can, especially if you are sick.

Business Resources
There are state resources available for our business community. Saco's Planning & Development Department has a list of COVID-19 business resources here.

Additionally, the Biddeford+Saco Chamber of Commerce has created the Biddeford+Saco Chamber of Commerce Community Facebook Group.

Press Release from City of saco (updated March 16, 2020)
The City will send press releases through our social media pages and the website. Please see press releases below.

Closure of Municipal Facilities to the Public:
All municipal facilities will be closed to the public effective March 17, 2020 until April 1, 2020. All public meetings, except for City Council meetings, will be postponed until further notice. 
Press Release, City Administrator Kaenrath, 3/17/2020 

Planning Board Meeting Postponed: 
The Saco Planning & Development Department values public input about applications before the Planning Board. Because there are several public hearings scheduled on March 17, 2020 that may draw a number of residents, and because it would be difficult to maintain CDC social distancing recommendations and best practices, the March 17, 2020 Planning Board meeting is postponed, with the rescheduled date to be determined.

When the meeting is rescheduled, the Planning & Development Department will advertise the meeting date, time and location with agenda on the City’s website, at City Hall, and in The Portland Press Herald. The Planning & Development Department will also send letters to abutting property owners and to those eligible to receive notice per ordinance requirements, notifying of the rescheduled date.

Questions about this communication should be addressed to: City of Saco Planning & Development Department, 300 Main Street, Saco, ME 04072; Phone: (207) 282-3487.

Saco Schools
For information from the Saco Schools, please visit their website here.

SENIOR CITIZEN TAX WORK-OFF PROGRAM
Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Tax Work-Off program is temporarily suspended and the office is closed.  Please call Mary Starr at 207-468-0392 if you have any questions regarding the program. Applications are still being accepted for the 2020-21 program year. Please see submission instructions here.

Governor's Recommendations - March 12, 2020
At a Press Conference on March 12, 2020, Governor Mills recommended reducing the interaction of large groups of people to help delay an outbreak as well as substantially reduce its spread. Doing so will also reduce the strain on our health care system so that it can respond effectively to people diagnosed with the virus as well as other patients. The Governor will re-evaluate this recommendation two weeks from now and adjust it based on the circumstances and up-to-date guidance from the U.S. CDC and Maine CDC guidance.

Due to Governor Mills' recommendations regarding the postponement of all large non-essential social gatherings, we are taking precautionary measures and have made the decision to cancel Friday’s SENIORity Breakfast and Saturday’s Annual Spring Dinner Dance. Additionally, the Fire Department's Annual Open House scheduled for April 11th has also been cancelled. Additional events may be impacted by this recommendation. We will re-evaluate and redefine our event procedures over the next few weeks.

The best preventive measures for all infectious diseases include washing hands thoroughly with soap and water, covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and staying home when you feel sick (without the use of fever-reducing medication).

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) and 211 Maine announced today a new option for Mainers to get answers to questions about the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) at any time. This service is available by dialing 211 (or 1-866-811-5695), texting your ZIP code to 898-211, or emailing info@211maine.org

Please visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date information by clicking here.

The Maine CDC can be accessed by clicking here.

Additional Resources
Link to Governor Janet Mills' newsroom with updates
Link to State of Maine's COVID-19 resources
COVID-19 symptoms
Hand washing poster 8x11"
Plain English language information on coronavirus
CDC share facts about COVID-19