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Posted on: March 2, 2021

City Issues Public Health Alert on Pain Pills Possibly Laced with Fentanyl

NEWS ALERT

The Portland Police Department is investigating a fatal overdose that may be connected to counterfeit prescription pain pills that have been found to contain fentanyl. On February 28, 2021, officers responded to a call at Maine Medical Center where medica...

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Posted on: February 22, 2021

Portland Police Department Makes Three New Hires

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The Portland Police Department is pleased to announce that it has recently made three new hires for the following positions:  Alternative Response Liaison, Substance Use Disorder Liaison, and Media and Community Relations Liaison. The Alternative...

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Public Health
Posted on: February 19, 2021

City of Portland Seeks Resettlement Coordinator to Assist Families at Family Shelter

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The City of Portland’s Health & Human Services Department is seeking a Resettlement Coordinator to assist families who are experiencing homelessness at the City’s Family Shelter, many of whom have recently arrived in Maine and are seeking asylum. This...

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Posted on: January 28, 2021

City Updates Public Regarding COVID-19 Efforts

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The City of Portland is updating the public today on its efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, manage outbreaks, and provide vaccination opportunities. The City’s public health campaign, StaytheCourse.me, continues to offer educational information and m...

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Public Health
Posted on: January 22, 2021

City of Portland Committed to Providing Essential Public Health Services

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The City of Portland’s commitment to providing essential public health services through its Needle Exchange Program remains strong as evidenced by the number of clients it serves and the services it offers seven days a week, in two locations with more tha...

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Public Health
Posted on: November 23, 2020

Public Health Staff Remind Residents About Indoor Gatherings Guidance and COVID-19 Prevention

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Portland’s Public Health Division wishes all a Happy Thanksgiving and would like to provide you with some tips for celebrating safely. With this holiday season upon us, please remember:

  • Limit the number of guests you’re gathering with. It is best to includ...
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Posted on: November 16, 2020

Portland Public Health Recognizes 45th Annual Great American Smokeout

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November 19, 2020 is the 45th annual Great American Smokeout. Since 1976, the American Cancer Society has hosted the Great American Smokeout, a public awareness event to encourage people to quit smoking, even if it is just for one day on the day of the Gr...

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Public Health
Posted on: October 22, 2020

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

National Drug Take Back Day

Saturday, October 24, 2020 between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM is the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Law enforcement agencies throughout the state will be collecting unused or unneeded prescription medications so that they can be properly disposed.

The...

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Public Health
Posted on: October 13, 2020

City Again Offering Grants and Loans to Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19

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Round three of the City of Portland’s COVID-19 grant and loan programs are being launched today. Eligibility has been relaxed for businesses that received more than $10,000 in COVID-19 Federal or State Funding and need more assistance. Previously this mad...

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Public Health
Posted on: October 9, 2020

Trick-Or-Treating Guidance for Halloween 2020 In Light of COVID-19

Trick-Or-Treating Guidance for Halloween 2020

While the City of Portland does not control or sanction Halloween activities or Trick-or-Treating, it does want to make sure that residents are aware of this year’s safety guidelines should families choose to participate in Halloween 2020. The City is enc...

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Posted on: September 22, 2020

City Launches Campaign to Remind People to ‘Stay the Course’ to Prevent COVID-19 Spread

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The City of Portland launched a new campaign this week to remind people to ‘Stay the Course’ to prevent further COVID-19 spread. Residents, businesses, and visitors to Portland are encouraged to visit staythecourse.me for information r...

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Public Health
Posted on: September 18, 2020

Portland’s Public Health Division Teams Up to Provide Flu Vaccine Clinics This Fall

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The City of Portland’s Public Health Division, in collaboration with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Northern Light Home Care & Hospice, Greater Portland Health, and MaineHealth Care at Home, announces the availability o...

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Posted on: August 31, 2020

International Overdose Awareness Day Vigil 2020

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Portland Public Health Division’s Substance Use Prevention and Harm Reduction Services Program recognizes International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31). International Overdose Awareness Day has been a key remembrance event for those who have ...

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Posted on: August 24, 2020

Portland Public Health Division & Spurwink to Offer FREE virtual Narcan Training!

In recognition of Recovery Month, the City of Portland and Spurwink are partnering to offer a FREE Naloxone (Narcan) Virtual Training on Wednesday, September 2 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.

Register: spurwink.org/celebrate-recovery 

FMI contact Zoe Broko...

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Public Health
Posted on: July 13, 2020

Portland Police Report Spike in Drug Overdoses

NEWS ALERT

There have been seven fatal and 79 non-fatal overdoses since May 1, 2020, with one fatal and nine non-fatal overdoses just in the past week alone. 

“There have historically been upticks in overdoses here in the city at this time of the y...

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Public Health
Posted on: July 7, 2020

City Hires Bob Fowler as New Public Health Director

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The City of Portland is pleased to announce it has hired Bob Fowler as the city’s new Public Health Director after an extensive search and interview process. For the last six years, Fowler served as the Executive Director at Milestone Recovery. ...

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Posted on: July 6, 2020

City Makes $500,000 Available for Rent Assistance for Portlanders Affected by COVID-19

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In response to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the City of Portland will make available up to three months of rent, and up to $250 in utility assistance to alleviate the housing burden for low income households that have lo...

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Public Health
Posted on: June 27, 2020

City Alerts Businesses that COVID-19 Reopening Guidelines Must Be Followed

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The City of Portland is reminding businesses that they must follow the State’s COVID-19 reopening guidelines for operation. Following multiple reports of violations from the public, the City will have two code enforcement officers plus the polic...

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Public Health
Posted on: May 29, 2020

City Updates Public on Phased Reopening Plan

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland is updating the public on its phased reopening plan so citizens can plan how to take care of various municipal transactions. City employees will be returning to City Hall and City buildings on Monday, June 1. However, the majority of ...

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Public Health
Posted on: May 18, 2020

City Offers Help to Small Businesses During Pandemic - Launches Three Grant & Loan Programs

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The City of Portland launched three emergency business assistance programs after receiving City Council approval of the programs at its May 4, 2020 meeting and final funding for them at its May 18, 2020 meeting.

The programs include the Business Assistance...

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Public Health
Posted on: May 18, 2020

Mayor Snyder & City Manager Issue Letter to Citizens and Businesses Regarding Reopening Plans

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Portland Mayor Kate Snyder and City Manager Jon Jennings issued a letter to citizens and businesses today recapping the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and outlining its reopening plans. You can read it at the link below. 

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Posted on: May 12, 2020

City Proposes Plan to Assist Restaurant & Retail Businesses with Reopening

NEWS ALERT

In conjunction with Governor Mills’ Restarting Maine’s Economy plan, which outlines the gradual stages of reopening, the City of Portland has put together a proposed plan that includes temporary street closures and permitting changes t...

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Public Health
Posted on: May 1, 2020

Public Health Division to Provide Virtual Trainings in May

Flyer for Virtual Overdose and Response Training

With National Drug Take Back Day Postponed, the City of Portland Public Health Division is providing educational materials and virtual Narcan (naloxone) trainings throughout the month of May.

Beginning next week, the Substance Use Prevention and Harm Reduc...

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Public Health
Posted on: April 29, 2020

Portland Updates Stay at Home Guidance Based on Governor Mills' April 28 Announcement

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In light of Governor Janet Mills’ April 28 announcement regarding her stay-at-home extension and safe and gradual plan to restart Maine’s economy, City officials want people and businesses in Portland to know that they should plan to f...

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Public Health
Posted on: April 28, 2020

City Council Extends Stay at Home Emergency Order Until May 18

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The Portland City Council voted to extend the Stay at Home Emergency Order until May 18, 2020 at its April 27th meeting. The emergency order also includes a number of amendments including:

  • A temporary program to pay $1,000 to the owner of a non-ow...
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Posted on: April 17, 2020

City Clarifies Non-Essential Business Rules Related to Stay at Home Order & Calls Emergency Council

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The City of Portland is seeking to clarify its rules for non-essential businesses related to the City’s emergency Stay at Home order, and as a result the Portland City Council will hold an emergency remote workshop on Monday, April 20 at 5:30 PM...

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Public Health
Posted on: April 16, 2020

City’s Volunteer Shopping Program for Elders Set to Begin April 20

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The City of Portland’s Office of Elder Affairs has created a temporary volunteer program to provide grocery shopping and food delivery to elderly Portland residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is intended to help people aged 65 or ...

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Public Health
Posted on: March 3, 2020

City of Portland Following CDC Guidelines Regarding Coronavirus Precautions

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland is actively engaged and monitoring guidance from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Maine CDC regarding Coronavirus COVID-19 preparations and precautions. The City’s emergency management team is...

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Public Health
Posted on: September 19, 2019

City Public Health Officials Warn of Vaping Dangers

As reports of vaping-related illnesses increase, Maine has enacted a law banning vaping on school grounds. On September 19, LD 152 took effect. The statute, “An Act to Prohibit the Possession and Use of Electronic Smoking Devices on School Grou...

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