Current COVID Info

This is from Maine CDC / Division of Disease Surveillance ~

Recommendations for Daycare/Childcare Facilities (packet) with COVID-19 Positive Staff or Children:

Maine CDC may not follow up individually with every person who tests positive in Maine. Maine CDC is also no longer providing release from isolation and release from quarantine letters. Please follow these recommendations for positive COVID-19 cases:

  • COVID-19 positive individuals must self-isolate at home. If the positive case is not already at home, they need to go home immediately and isolate. They cannot go out to any public places (grocery store, gas station, bank, etc.). Follow the instructions in “What is isolation?” on page 3.
  • The positive individual cannot leave isolation until they meet the criteria listed in “Release from isolation criteria” on page 4.
  • Action items for the childcare facility are detailed in the document “Childcare: What if a child or staff member tests positive?” on page 5.
  • Close contacts to the positive individual who are not fully vaccinated need to quarantine, including household members.
    • The positive individual should notify their close contacts of the exposure and that they need to quarantine.
    • A close contact is:
      • Anyone the positive person was within 6 feet of for 15 cumulative minutes or more over a 24-hour period. This starts 48 hours before symptoms started (or before the positive test was taken for asymptomatic people).
      • Anyone who provides care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
      • Anyone who had direct physical contact with an infectious person (ex: hugging/kissing).
      • Anyone who shared eating or drinking utensils with someone with COVID-19.
      • Anyone who was exposed to respiratory droplets from an infectious person (ex:sneezed or coughed on).
    • If the positive individual is not completely isolated from other people in their household, then household contacts must remain in quarantine until 10 days after the positive case is released from isolation.
    • Follow the guidance in “What is quarantine?” on page 6.
  • Household members and other close contacts can leave quarantine when they meet the criteria listed in “Ending Quarantine” on page 7.
  • A person is considered fully vaccinated after 14 days following the completion of a COVID-19 vaccination series. Follow the guidance in “Quarantine Guidance for Vaccinated Close Contact” on page 8.
  • If you have questions about who is allowed at the daycare/childcare facility, please see the document “Childcare: Who can be in my facility?” on page 9.
  • Support is available for people in COVID-19 isolation and quarantine. This could include temporary help ranging from food, shelter, income and rent, to interpretation, cultural brokering, and psychosocial support.
  • The Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) has guidance available for Maine Child Care Providers. Please go to the “Child Care Licensing” dropdown and click the most recent version titled “Updated Guidance for Maine Child Care Providers” on this page: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/ocfs/COVID-19-response.shtml.
  • Maine CDC recommends that symptomatic individuals and close contacts get tested. Close contacts should get tested immediately upon finding out they are a close contact and 5-7 days after exposure. A negative test does not allow the close contact to leave quarantine early. Follow the recommendations in “Where can I get tested for COVID-19 in Maine?” on page 10.

Maine COVID-19 Prevention Checklist: Industry Guidance


Who should or should not wear a mask

Masks should be worn (4/19/2021 CDC guidance):

  • By people 2 years of age and older
  • Any time you are in a public setting
  • Any time you are traveling on a plane, bus, train, or other form of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations
  • When you are around people who do not live with you, including inside your home or inside someone else’s home
  • Inside your home if someone you live with is sick with symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19

CDC recognizes there are specific instances when wearing a mask may not be feasible. In these instances, consider adaptations and alternatives.

The following categories of people are exempt from the requirement to wear a mask:

  • A child under the age of 2 years;
  • A person with a disability who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask, for reasons related to the disability;
  • A person for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to workplace health, safety, or job duty as determined by the workplace risk assessmentexternal icon.

U.S. CDC also has Interim Guidance for Administrators of K-12 Schools and Child Care Programs available. This guidance should be used in collaboration with Guidance from Maine’s Department of Education (Maine DOE) webpage for COVID-19.