Updated: September 15, 2021

I hope this finds you well and enjoying the summer months!

I’m writing this note to bring your attention to health and safety planning on campus. We are closely monitoring the evolving situation surrounding the pandemic and the continuing spread of COVID-19.

In regard to the persistent increase in community transmissions across the country and in the state, the National Center for Disease Control and the Maine CDC have both updated their recommendations for masking and other safety protocols.

While all of us on campus are indeed vaccinated and following safety guidelines, we must continue to be disciplined in terms of maintaining a safe and healthy campus. Maine Media is taking a few additional steps to ensure safety in our buildings and the community. With this in mind, Maine Media is requiring that face masks be worn whenever working inside campus facilities. This includes classrooms, darkrooms, the sound stage, studios and all indoor common spaces. We ask that you continue to practice safe social distancing, and use hand sanitizer that can be found inside facilities. If you are in need of a mask, they are available at the desk in the HAAS building or in the Thorne Dining Pavilion.

Maine Media continues to require full vaccinations for all participants attending in-person activities on campus, including courses, programs, and events. This requirement is strictly enforced and applies to students, staff, instructors or other attendees to Maine Media’s programming and presentations. If you are unable to obtain a vaccination for any reason but still wish to participate in Maine Media’s programs, we encourage you to explore our remote and online programs

These remain uncertain days, but I recognize that we have gotten this far together. I am confident that we will find ourselves on the other side and in a more brilliant place in the months ahead. The staff and I are determined to maintain a safe and supportive environment for everyone to create new work together. As the situation evolves, we will continue to review and update our health and safety practices on campus.

Sincerely,

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Michael, Mansfield, President


The following information is provided by the CDC and is a useful reference when addressing questions about possible exposure and testing. 

  • “Close Contact” is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.  For example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes would qualify as “Close Contact”. 
  • If you have been exposed, please get tested. You will need to self-isolate for 10 days or until the negative results are received.  
  • Researchers estimate that people who get infected with the coronavirus can spread it to others from 2 to 3 days before symptoms begin and are most contagious 1 to 2 days before they feel sick.
  • Persons who report positive test results but never develop COVID-19 symptoms may discontinue isolation and other precautions 10 days after the date of their first positive test.
  • Persons with mild to moderate COVID-19 remain infectious no longer than 10 days after symptom onset. 
  • Persons with more severe to critical illness or are severely immunocompromised are likely remain infectious no longer than 20 days after symptom onset.

IN CASE OF EXPOSURE, ILLNESS & TESTING


COVID-19 Campus Safety Guide

Information here will be updated regularly to reflect the most recent guidelines provided by the Maine CDC.

TRAVELING TO MAINE
PROOF OF VACCINATION (required)
GROUP SIZE INFORMATION
FACE COVERINGS
PHYSICAL DISTANCING
HAND HYGIENE
COMMUNICATION
CONTACT TRACING
SELF-SCREENING
IN CASE OF ILLNESS & IN CASE OF EXPOSURE, ILLNESS & TESTING
CLEANING & DISINFECTING
RESOURCES
PAST UPDATES
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Maine Media Workshops + College COVID-19 Risk Statement

Maine Media Workshops + College consistently seeks to take steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections (or any other spread of disease) in accordance with applicable law, regulation, and guidance provided by health authorities. These efforts may include policies and safeguards implemented by Maine Media such as symptom checks, social distancing, use of facial coverings, and isolating and quarantining when required. Despite these efforts, Maine Media cannot categorically guarantee that any person entering Maine Media campus or facilities will not contract COVID-19 or any other communicable disease and any such person must assess and accept the risks of illness or injury for themselves.


Traveling to Maine

Beginning May 1, travelers from all states will be able to travel to Maine without providing a negative COVID-19 test result or quarantining, unless otherwise determined by the Maine CDC.

 As circumstances dictate, the Maine CDC may revise and implement new testing and quarantine protocols at any time. Maine Media will adhere to guidelines set forth by state authorities.
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Proof of Vaccination

Maine Media requires that all participants in on campus activities must be fully vaccinated* and will be required to submit proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

*People are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the final dose of vaccination.

If you are unable or unwilling to be vaccinated, we encourage you to explore our remote and online options.

Vaccine Card
The vaccination card was given to you after your first shot and then updated if your vaccine requires a second one. The card will include the vaccine manufacturer, the dose numbers and the date and location each was administered. Your vaccination card should show immunization using ONE of the following:
Moderna (2 doses) OR
Pfizer (2 doses) OR
Johnson & Johnson / Janssen (1 dose)
Final dose of vaccine must be at least 14 days prior to arrival on campus

How do I submit my card?
Maine Media will accept a JPG or PDF document ONLY. Securely submit a copy of vaccination card to:

STUDENTS – email to [email protected]
ALL OTHERS (staff, instructors, and others) – email to [email protected]

What happens if I lost my card?
Getting a new card is easy enough if you got vaccinated at a pharmacy like Walgreens. Return to where you were vaccinated, and a pharmacy employee can print out a new card from the patient’s electronic records.

Vaccinations are also tracked by state health departments, so you can reach out to your state’s agency to get a replacement card, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency lists contact information for the Immunization Information System in each state, which tracks vaccinations, on its website.
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Group Size Information

ON CAMPUS

Maine Media Workshops + College asks that you practice safe social distancing

As circumstances dictate, the Maine CDC may make adjustments to Group Size requirements. Maine Media will adhere to guidelines set forth by state authorities.

OFF CAMPUS

Effective May 24th, Maine has lifted capacity limits and physical distancing requirements for public indoor and outdoor gatherings.
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Face Coverings

ON CAMPUS

Maine Media is taking a few additional steps to ensure safety in our buildings and the community. With this in mind, Maine Media is requiring that face masks be worn whenever working inside campus facilities. This includes classrooms, darkrooms, the sound stage, studios, and all indoor common spaces.

If you need a mask, they are available at the desk in the HAAS building or in the Thorne Dining Pavilion.

OFF CAMPUS

Effective May 24th, Maine will no longer require fully vaccinated people to wear face masks.

Businesses may set their own mask guidelines and can determine if they will require proof of vaccination.

Individuals are encouraged to wear a cloth face covering off campus as required and recommended by Maine civil authorities and to follow the recommendations of public health experts.

When circumstances are unknown or uncertain, wearing a face covering and having a cloth face covering available in case needed will allow individuals best to meet these directives and recommendations.

Face masks are generally made of multiple layers of cloth, which cover the nose, mouth and chin and are secured either with ear loops or with ties behind the head.
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Physical Distancing

 ON CAMPUS

Maine Media Workshops + College will adopt the State of Maine and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (U.S. CDC) guidance and ask that you practice safe social distancing, and use hand sanitizer that can be found inside facilities.

 As circumstances dictate, the Maine CDC may make adjustments to physical distancing requirements.  Maine Media will adhere to guidelines set forth by state authorities

 OFF CAMPUS

Effective May 24th, Maine has lifted capacity limits and physical distancing requirements for public indoor and outdoor gatherings.
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Hand Hygiene

Good hand hygiene prevents spread of disease. The best hand hygiene is frequent handwashing. Wash hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) especially between contact with individuals.

Hand washing may be done in Maine Media’s campus bathrooms located in the NIC building, Haas Building, and the New Classroom Building.

Hand sanitizer stations are located at the entrance to each building on campus.
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Communication

All students, faculty and staff please update contact information regarding emergency notifications with Student Services. This will allow Maine Media to best communicate with you.

Email: The President has been and will continue to send email updates at key junctures to keep the community advised.

Web site/s: Maine Media is posting regular updates and information to a one-stop source web site for Covid-19 information: www.mainemedia.edu/covid19. The web site also connects to more information from the Maine and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

If you have a question not answered by any of this guidance you may contact Student Services at 207.236.8581.

Emergencies: A warning will be issued through MMW+C’s email and may also be issued through text messages and/or cell phone calls. The emergency warning will be distributed to all MMW+C’s students, staff, instructors, and other attendees who are present on campus. The emergency notification will include instructions for appropriate action. To view complete policy – Emergency Notification Policy
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Contact Tracing

Contact tracing is a fundamental public health activity that involves working with an individual who has been diagnosed with an infectious disease to identify and provide support to people who may have been infected through exposure to the infected person. To facilitate contact tracing by the Maine CDC, Maine Media will maintain a record of information about students, staff, instructors and other attendees, the date they were at Maine Media, and the possible individuals who had direct, prolonged interaction with them. Maine Media must maintain records for at least 21 days.

Based on current scientific knowledge, a close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more starting from 48 hours before illness onset until the time the patient is isolated. An individual is also considered a close contact if they provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19, had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them), shared eating or drinking utensils, or if the person sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on them.
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Self-Screening

Stay in your room or at home if you are or feeling sick. Self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms using either of the following approaches:

  • Use an electronic or app-based self-screening form, such as the Coronavirus Self-Checker available on the US CDC’s website (see: Coronavirus Self-Checker).
  • Self-screen using the following questions:
    1. Do you feel ill, or have you been exposed to someone who is ill?
    2. In the past two weeks, have you been exposed to anyone who tested positive for COVID-19?
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In Case of Exposure, Illness & Testing

What do I do if I feel I may be sick with COVID-19?
– Quarantine in your room or home and notify Maine Media Student Services as soon as possible when sick, 207.236.8581. Staff should contact their immediate supervisor.
 Individuals may be asked to be isolated until transferred to home or a healthcare facility.

What are the guidelines for people who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19?
– Anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 should stay quarantined in their room or home until tested.
– Students may leave their rooms only for supplies and medical services.
– Anytime a student leaves their rooms a mask must be worn.

Who should get tested for COVID-19 after close contact with a COVID-19 infected person?
– If you have had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone with confirmed COVID-19 you will need to get tested.

Where should I send my COVID-19 test results?
Maine Media cannot accept home test kit results. PCR or rapid-Antigen tests that are read by a testing laboratory (not home test kits) will be accepted and should include:
– Time stamp.
– Result of test, positive or negative.
– The name of the verifying lab or testing entity.
– The name of the individual being tested.
All test results should be submitted to [email protected] All records will be kept confidential.

Must I get tested after a close contact with someone who has COVID-19 if I am fully vaccinated?
– If you’ve had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, get tested 3-5 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms.

When can I end quarantine after having been in close contact with a COVID-19 infected person and testing negative?
 If you got tested on the fifth day after exposure or later and the result was negative, you can stop isolation and return to class or work. You will need to continue to wear your mask for the remainder of the 14 days from exposure. While in quarantine, watch for a fever, shortness of breath or other COVID-19 symptoms.

When can I return to class or work after testing positive for COVID-19?
The ill individual(s) can return and end isolation once the following are met:
– 10 days out from the start of the symptoms, AND
– Fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication, AND
– Symptoms have improved.

When can I be around others after being mild or moderately sick with COVID-19?
– 
10 days out from the start of the symptoms, AND
– Fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication, AND
– Symptoms have improved.

How long do you stay contagious after testing positive for COVID-19?
– If someone is asymptomatic or their symptoms go away, it’s possible to remain contagious for at least 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19. People who are hospitalized with severe disease and people with weakened immune systems can be contagious for 20 days or longer.

The local Health Care Facility is Penobscot Bay Medical Center (PBMC) a division of Maine Health. Individuals may contact PBMC Acute Respiratory Center (ARC) directly to request a COVID-19 test by calling 207-301-3040 for assessment and testing if indicated at the ARC. Here, people with COVID-19 symptoms are safely separated from other treatment areas which protects patients and staff.

The PBMC Acute Respiratory Center (ARC) is located at 731 Commercial Street in Rockport, across from the bowling alley.

Walgreens offers no-cost, contactless COVID-19 testing for patients age 3 and up at select locations, in partnership with the PWNHealth provider network. Rockland Walgreens located at 28 Park St, Rockland, ME 04841, offers the COVID-19 test (7 miles south of campus). Walgreens in Camden does NOT offer testing.

If the individual needs urgent medical attention (e.g., if the individual is having difficulty breathing), Maine Media will call 911.

Maine Media may need to work with public health officials to determine who may have had close contact with the individual with COVID-19 and who may need to take additional precautions, including exclusion from campus and remaining at home.

If an individual informs Maine Media that they tested positive for COVID-19, Maine Media may call the Maine CDC at 1-800-821-5821.


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Cleaning and Disinfecting

The virus that causes COVID-19 can land on surfaces. It is possible for people to become infected if they touch those surfaces and then touch their nose, mouth, or eyes. In most situations, the risk of infection from touching a surface is low. The most reliable way to prevent infection from surfaces is to regularly wash hands or use hand sanitizer.

Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces can also reduce the risk of infection.

When no people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 are known to have been in a space, Maine Media will clean once a day to remove virus that may be on surfaces and help maintain a healthy campus.

Maine Media will clean more frequently or disinfect (in addition to cleaning) in shared spaces if certain conditions apply that can increase the risk of infection from touching surfaces:

  • High transmission of COVID-19 in your community,
  • Low number of people wearing masks, or
  • Infrequent hand hygiene

If there has been a sick person or someone who tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 24 hours, Maine Media will clean AND disinfect the space.
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Resources

State of Maine COVID-19 Response
Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC)
US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Coronavirus Self Checker
Penobscot Bay Medical Center Acute Respiratory Center (ARC)
Walgreens COVID testing
Maine Media COVID-19
Maine Media General Policies
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Past Updates

August 12, 2021
May 24, 2021
April 14, 2021
March 6th, 2020
March 20th, 2020
April 22nd, 2020
July 24th, 2020
November 20th, 2020
March 31st, 2021
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Additional Resources