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Public Health

HEPATITIS A CASE (6.5.20)
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) has identified a case of acute hepatitis A virus infection in a Saco food service worker. The person handled food while infectious from May 12, 2020, thru May 23, 2020. Epidemiological assessment of the employee's illness determined that restaurant patrons may be at risk for hepatitis A infection.

 Maine CDC is recommending that anyone who may have eaten food prepared at or worked at the Sea Salt Lobster Restaurant in Saco on May 22, 2020, and May 23, 2020, receive hepatitis A vaccine by Saturday, June 6, 2020, as there is a 14-day window during which prophylaxis is effective after exposure.

 This recommendation includes anyone who may have had take-out, delivery, or curbside pickup of food from the restaurant.

 Anyone who visited the restaurant from May 12, 2020, thru May 21, 2020, is outside the window for which prophylaxis is recommended, but are advised to watch for symptoms and seek medical attention should they develop symptoms.

 Health care providers are encouraged to remain vigilant for hepatitis A infection in persons with consistent symptoms and should ask individuals with such symptoms about consumption of food from this establishment during this period.

 If you need more information regarding the vaccine, please call your primary care physician or visit: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/find-vaccines.html.

 Please view the fact sheet and the Maine CDC website for more information.

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.

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

For preventative measures, all municipal buildings except the Transfer Station and City Hall are closed to the public until further notice. This will be reassessed and any updates announced. Please visit our hours page for full details on how to get in touch.

How to protect yourself and others
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 these preventative measures:

  • Staying home except for essential travel or work.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Make use of these U.S. CDC resources:
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Community resources
Please visit our Community Resources page for the most up-to-date list on resources the City of Saco can connect you with during this unprecedented time.

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.

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