March 19, 2020
FROM THE MATINICUS ISLAND BOARD OF ASSESSORS
RE: COVID-19 & Re-Entry to Matinicus
In an effort to minimize contamination and exposure of COVID-19, we are strongly discouraging seasonal residents from “weathering out the storm” on Matinicus. The medical supplies on island are very limited and not sufficient, per CDC guidelines, at combating the spread of the virus.
In addition to limited supplies, we have no:
Pharmaceuticals to manage symptoms
If you choose to come to the island, please keep the following in mind:
It will be greatly appreciated and socially responsible for you to remain isolated for a minimum of 14 days (CDC recommendation).
Grocery delivery is extremely limited, as Hannaford has not been able to fulfill orders from residents who are currently living on island.
Transportation off the island is not guaranteed. Should you exhibit signs of Corona Virus and cannot manage at home, you would need to evacuate the island; in doing so you risk exposing a pilot (and thus removing a plane from service) or boat captain during transportation to the mainland. The water taxi is not in service yet. Currently, Penobscot Island Air has instituted a policy to refuse service to any person exhibiting signs of infection.
You will risk exposing our senior citizens (the most vulnerable demographic) to COVID-19.
If you have any questions, please contact our Health Officer,
Robin Tarkleson at 207-366-3755 M-F 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM or after hours at 207-366-3037
Sincerely, Matinicus Isle Plantation Board of Assessors
Clayton Philbrook, Tyler Bemis, Robin Grondin