Maine COVID-19 Community Care Program Updates & Resources - April 2022 Updates

Posted on April 21, 2022

Maine COVID-19 Community Care Program Updates & Resources
April 15, 2022

For assistance connecting yourself or a client with any of the services below, use one referral form: Covid-19 Community Care Referral Form. Our hours to process referrals are Monday-Sunday 8am-5pm.
Questions? dhhs.covidsocialsupport@maine.gov

Testing

List of testing sites statewide. To find and book an antigen or PCR testing appointment over the phone: Call the Maine Community Vaccination (& Testing) Line 1-888-445-4111.


Home Test Kits
– Households can independently order free kits from these websites: https://www.covid.gov/tests - households can order from this site twice; https://accesscovidtests.org/. Free test kits can also be picked up from participating Community Health Centers.


Home Visits for Antigen Testing –
Home visits are available to people who have limited access to outside testing in many regions of the state, but not all. Our trained community social service partners coach clients to self-swab, and results are reported into the state lab system. To request a home visit, make a referral. Our partners can also coach people on how to use home test kits over the phone or video call.

Our social service partners can help individuals access free home test kits, make appointments, and generally assist with testing access (make a referral).

Vaccination

Maine DHHS remains committed to the equitable distribution and uptake of the COVID-19 vaccines.

List of vaccination sites statewide. To find and book a vaccination appointment over the phone: Call the Maine Community Vaccination (& Testing) Line 1-888-445-4111.

To request a home visit for vaccination for a homebound individual, use our referral form.


Any organization can apply to host a COVID-19 vaccine pop-up event using this online application. Pop-up clinics hosted by community partners are an important resource to improve vaccine confidence and access to vaccination for underserved communities. For questions or more information: VaccinePopupClinics.DHHS@maine.gov.

Our social service partners can help individuals access vaccinations (make a referral).

COVID-19 Outpatient Treatments

COVID-19 treatments are available for individuals who test positive, have symptoms, and are at high risk for a severe COVID-19 infection. Many Mainers remain unaware of the availability of COVID-19 treatments. Our social service partners are helping to educate Maine communities about treatment availability and are connecting individuals to treatment assessments and providers. They continue to work to ensure equitable access to healthcare treatments for all communities throughout Maine.

For more information about COVID-19 Outpatient Treatments visit this website: https://www.maine.gov/covid19/treatment The Maine Community Vaccination (& Testing) Line 1-888-445-4111 is preparing to field questions about Covid-19 treatment options. This resource should be available very soon (try it!).

Social Supports for Quarantine & Isolation

Maine’s Community Care program remains committed to offering social supports to those facing barriers to maintaining quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19. Our hours to process referrals are Monday-Sunday 8am-5pm.

Supports offered in 2022:

•Emergency groceries and household supplies to cover the duration of quarantine or isolation, if needed/eligible. This may be a standardized food box.

•Help with filing for other assistance programs, such as Emergency Rental Assistance, utility assistance, fuel assistance, MaineCare, etc.

•Masks, cleaning supplies, pulse oximeters, thermometers, and other quarantine items

•Recommendations on how to safely quarantine/isolate at home, and how long to quarantine/isolate

•Quarantine shelter resources, and necessary transport services (if available in your region)

•Assistance finding testing and vaccination

•Cultural supports and interpreters

•Support for stress and anxiety

(** This program does not have funds to directly replace lost wages. This program does not provide medical care or assessment but can link you to local providers or your doctor.)

Submit a referral here; the Community Care team will determine eligibility and match the household with a local agency for support.

Quarantine Shelter

One quarantine shelter remains open in the state, in Lewiston, and will welcome guests (from any part of the state) through May 31, 2022. Quarantine shelters are used by people experiencing homelessness, those living in congregate housing, or in dense or unsafe housing for isolation/quarantine. The shelter accepts both cases and confirmed close contacts. Nurse check-ins, antigen testing, and culturally appropriate food are available on-site. Submit a referral here


Please note: The quarantine shelter does not provide transportation. The shelter staff and Community Care team will attempt to arrange for transport on a case-by-case basis. Plans should be made to quarantine in place until transport can be arranged—usually same or next day—depending on location in the state.

Community Outreach

Our Community Care partners are continuously creating outreach and education materials about testing, vaccine promotion, COVID-19 safety, and isolation/quarantine guidelines to promote health equity through increased access to information. Many have been translated into numerous languages. To connect and share education materials, email dhhs.covidsocialsupport@maine.gov.

Our Partners’ Weekly Testing & Vaccination Clinics (Updated April 2022)

These clinics are open to all people. All testing is Rapid Antigen testing. Drop-in’s are welcome; no appointments needed.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY

New England Arab American Organization (NEAAO)

Testing: Monday thru Friday, 10:30 - 12:30 pm at office (426 Bridge St. Westbrook)

Testing: Tuesdays, 3-6 pm at the Bridgton Library

*Languages spoken: English, Arabic

Maine Immigrant Access Network (MAIN)

Vaccine (Covid-19 & Flu) Clinics: Every Friday, 3-5:30 pm in partnership with Northern Light, at 237 Oxford St, Portland (office)

*Text Sarah Lewis at 207–331–6135 to schedule or for questions. Drop-in’s are also welcome.

Testing: Monday through Thursday, 10 am – 4 pm, at 237 Oxford St, Portland (office)

*Languages spoken: English, Somali, Arabic, French, Lingala, Swahili, Kurdish, Spanish

Maine Association for New Mainers (MANA)

Testing: Monday – Friday 8 am – 7pm at 991 Forest Ave, Portland (office)

*Languages spoken: English, French, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Somali, Japanese, Korean

Gateway Community Services

Testing: Thursdays 12-2 in our Portland office (501 Forest Ave, Portland)

*Languages spoken: English, French, Kiswahili, Kinyarwanda, Lingala, Arabic

ANDROSCOGGIN COUNTY

New Mainers Public Health Initiative (NMPHI)

276 Lisbon St. #280, Lewiston

Testing: Monday – Friday 9am-5pm

*Languages spoken: English, Somali, French, Lingala, Arabic, Swahili and Amharic

Gateway Community Services

Testing: Tuesdays 12-2 in our Lewiston office (124 Canal St, Lewiston)

*Languages spoken: English, Somali, Portuguese, Lingala

Multicultural Community and Family Services (MCFSS)

Testing: Monday-Friday, 10:30am-3:30pm at 292 Bates Street, Suite A, Lewiston

*Languages spoken: English, French, Somali, Arabic

Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services (MEIRS)

Testing: Monday-Friday, 8am-8pm at 256 Bartlett Street, Lewiston

*Languages spoken: English, Somali, Maay Maay, Swahili, French, Arabic, Lingala, Dari, Pashto, and Portuguese

AK Health and Social Services

Testing: Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm at 11 Westminster St., Lewiston

*Languages spoken: English, Somali, Kiswahili

Maine Community Integration (MCI)

Testing: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am-2pm, Friday 2-4pm at 11 Lisbon Street, Suite 104, Lewiston

*Languages spoken: English, Somali, French, Swahili

YORK COUNTY

Crossroads Youth Center

Testing: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10 am – 3 pm (199 New County Road, Saco)

*Appointments Required: 207-838-2146

Testing: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 3 pm – 7 pm (958 Goosepond Road, Shapleigh

*Appointment Required: 207-735-5295

*Languages spoken: English

WASHINGTON COUNTY

Mano en Mano

Testing: Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 10-6pm at 4 Maple St., Milbridge

*Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Haitian Creole