Somerville's Response to COVID-19
Our goal in Somerville is to do our very best to support and keep everyone safe during this COVID-19 pandemic. We want you to have all the information you need because by understanding what COVID-19 is, how it is spread, and what you can can do to prevent it from spreading, we can each do our part to keep our family, friends, and neighbors safe.
Some of the steps already taken toward keeping COVID-19 away from our community include changes made to the way we conduct business at our Town Office. These changes incorporate CDC recommended COVID-19 prevention measures including keeping appropriate distance between staff and those conducting business, wearing and requiring masks, frequent sanitizing of surfaces and tools. Changes have also been made toward utilizing COVID-19 prevention measures during Town Meetings and during election activities.
We made and distributed informational brochures to Somerville businesses (there are more than you think!) These brochures provide guidance for understanding requirements of the State of Maine guidelines on how to operate while keeping Maine residents and visitors as safe as possible from COVID-19.
We are providing information we hope you can use via links on this newly re-designed website. And if you have suggestions to make it better - please contact our Town Clerk.
Somerville was awarded financial assistance in this endeavor through a grant from the State of Maine’s Keep Maine Healthy 2020 Municipal COVID-19 Awareness Campaign. That funding has covered most of the cost of the steps we’ve taken to protect townspeople and arm businesses with information to comply with State guidelines.
Funding Provided by the State of Maine’s Keep ME Healthy Program
Yesterday's Lincoln County increase continues an exponential growth pattern. The one day increase of 10 cases in LC brings our 7-day average increase to 5.0 new cases per day. The state numbers are still rising (not good), but not quite as steeply as they were, showing that people observing safe practices can make a difference. We need everyone to do so. The wild fluctuation from day to day make a polynomial fit trend line misleading, so I've changed to a 7 day average as the trend line.
Nationally the coronavirus deaths are now at 249,998 people. In less than 9 months.
That is more than died in the American Revolutionary War, Korean War, Vietnam War, and World War I combined.
Today NBC News notes US coronavirus new cases per day in November:
Nov. 1: 76,771
Nov. 2: 86,589
Nov. 3: 91,910
Nov. 4: 104,296
Nov. 5: 121,289
Nov. 6: 126,731
Nov. 7: 125,100
Nov. 8: 109,177
Nov. 9: 133,819
Nov. 10: 131,990
Nov. 11: 148,302
Nov. 12: 161,651
Nov. 13: 176,309
Maine has a new record case increase of 243. Nationally, more than 153,000 new cases were reported, with 66,000 people hospitalized and more than 242,000 have died.
The NY Times reports "More than 132,700 new cases were announced across the United States on Friday. The country also reported more than 1,000 deaths for the fourth straight day."
Maine's daily new cases have set a new record 3 days in a row - 127 on Monday, 151 on Tuesday, 183 on Wednesday.
Avoid risk of spread as much as you can. We have to flatten this curve!
Governor Mills has ordered stricter requirements due to the sharp rise in new cases.
The biggest takeaway is that in Maine face coverings are now required in all public places — pretty much anywhere people might interact with other people — regardless of physical distance from other people.
Here's Executive Order 16 with details:
An Order to Revise Indoor Gathering Limits, Strengthen Face Covering Requirements and Delegate Certain Authority (PDF) - 11/4/2020
NBC News reports over 235 thousand deaths nationally so far.
The U.S. reports over 100,000 coronavirus cases in 24 hours for the first time ever.