Community coronavirus updates

These are some of the latest updates we’ve received regarding events and schedules changed due to coronavirus precautions. Visit our websites,,,  and, for continually updated information about coronavirus in The County and in Maine.

A history presentation by Guy Dube, originally scheduled for  at the Musee culturel du Mont-Carmel, has been postponed until June.

The St. John Valley Chamber of Commerce in Madawaska has rescheduled the following:  The Chamber Annual Dinner has been tentatively rescheduled for Friday, June 26, 2020 at the Lakeview Restaurant. The Top O’ Maine Trade Show has been tentatively rescheduled for June 20 and 21, 2020. The Community Wide Yard Sale is currently scheduled for June 13 and 14.

The University of Maine System, which includes the University of Maine at Presque Isle and the University of Maine at Fort Kent, stated that employees who are able to work remotely were asked to do so starting Thursday, March 19. UMS is prohibiting all domestic travel with narrow exceptions for travel within Maine. Classes will resume via distance instruction and other modalities on Wednesday, March 25. There are no other adjustments being made to the semester calendar at this time.  Decisions on commencement ceremonies are expected by April 15.  

Secretary of State Matt Dunlap said all Bureau of Motor Vehicles offices are closed, effective immediately, until further notice. Dunlap said he is working with the Maine Legislature to extend all registrations, temporary plates, registrations, disability placards, State ID cards and driver’s licenses that are expiring during this state of emergency.

With attention to the guidance from the Center for Disease Control & Prevention  and upon consideration of the size of the usual congregations, Bishop Robert P. Deeley is temporarily suspending all daily and Sunday Masses and religious services throughout the Diocese of Portland, effective immediately. The bishop is also issuing a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass for Maine Catholics during this time.

Maine Department of Labor CareerCenter services will be available online and by phone. Visit or, for the Presque Isle CareerCenter,  There is also a “live chat” option. CareerCenter staff are also available by phone; call the Presque Isle CareerCenter at 207-768-6829 or 1-800-635-0357. 

All local Social Security offices were closed to the public for in-person service as of Tuesday, March 17. Services are available online and by phone. Visit the Social Security & Coronavirus webpage for updates and contact information.

Beginning on March 23, 2020, offices and facilities of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will be closed to the public. Services will remain available through their website at Contact them directly for assistance through email, their Facebook page or by calling 207-287-8000 during regular business hours (Monday-Friday 8 a.m. -5 p.m.). 

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