For Immediate Release
March 13, 2020
Contact: Zeth Lundy, Public Information Coordinator
City of Bangor COVID-19 and Public Health Update - 3/13/2020
The City of Bangor continues to monitor the COVID-19, or coronavirus, pandemic, both within its internal Incident Command team and with its community partners in healthcare, education, and social services.
As of 3pm on Friday, March 13, 2020, there have been no major changes or interruptions to the status quo. City offices remain open for business, as do Bangor Public Schools and Bangor Parks & Recreation’s daycare and after-school programs. Public Safety is operating at normal levels.
There are many events in the city and state that have been postponed or cancelled. If you have plans to attend an event in the next few months, make sure you contact the venue ahead of time. The Cross Insurance Center has postponed or cancelled a number of events in the coming weeks; a full list can be found at www.crossinsurancecenter.com.
In addition, the Bangor International Airport is providing updated information on flights and other impacts to domestic and international travel. Please visit www.flybangor.com for more information.
Effective March 16, 2020, the City of Bangor General Assistance program and WIC program, both located at 103 Texas Avenue, will be conducting phone interviews with scheduled clients rather than seeing them in the office. If you currently have a General Assistance appointment, please be prepared to answer your phone at that time. Caseworkers will conduct phone interviews, and checks will be sent in the mail. If you have a General Assistance or WIC emergency and do not have a scheduled appointment, please do not come to the office. Call 992-4530 for General Assistance or 992-4571 for WIC and arrangements will be made to conduct a phone interview with you.
As a reminder, residents who would rather not visit City Hall to conduct business can do so online at www.bangormaine.gov, including property taxes, sewer bills, vehicle registration, and more.
While this is serious, remember that 80% of people who get this infection recover at home and don’t require medical help. Prepare but don’t panic. Check in on your elderly neighbors, or those with underlying health issues, to see if they need food or other resources.
If you need general information on COVID-19, including how it spreads, how it can be prevented, and what the pandemic’s status is in the State of Maine, please call 211
If you are concerned that you have symptoms of COVID-19, please call your healthcare provider or the CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO
For non-life threatening situations, you can always call the non-emergency public safety line at 947-7384. All emergencies should call 911.
City staff is monitoring the COVID-19 situation as it evolves, including daily briefs with all departments and local partners. The City of Bangor will provide updates on its website on a daily basis; please visit www.bangormaine.gov for more information.
The City of Bangor, Maine is a service center community of 33,039 residents and is the county seat of Penobscot County. Bangor is the major commercial and cultural center for much of northern and eastern Maine. The City is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. For information on City projects and news, see www.bangormaine.gov.