COVID-19 ME

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Please read our regularly updated blog with links to COVID-19 information and resources, the latest on the suspension of local events, and more.
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The Coronavirus has created a perfect storm for scammers. One unique scam to arise this summer is scammers posing as contact tracers working for state health departments.
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According to the Federal Trade Commission, scammers have filed fraudulent unemployment claims using stolen identities of many US workers. This scheme is costing states millions of dollars.
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COVID-19 continues to evolve here in Maine and at the forefront of the response, Maine's Director of the CDC Dr. Nirav Shah, has become a household name for Maine families.
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As COVID-19 restrictions ease in Maine, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have resumed in-person visits for families. Visits won’t be the same as before the pandemic, at least until the threat of coronavirus has passed. There may be limits on when, where and for how long you can see loved ones, and distancing rules will likely be in place.
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AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation's largest free, volunteer-based tax preparation and assistance service, has announced that State of Maine AARP Foundation Tax-Aide sites will not re-open in 2020.
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AARP is providing information and resources about COVID-19 to help older Mainers and their families protect themselves from the virus and prevent it from spreading to others. We're also providing state-specific information which is updated regularly here.
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The world is rallying to combat the spread of COVID-19. People are looking for guidance to better protect themselves. But lurking in the shadows are scammers seeking to take advantage of this opportunity to steal money or sensitive personal information. Know there is currently no vaccine, treatment or cure for the disease caused by the coronavirus – any claim of such is fraud. Consider products that claim they protect against coronavirus to be dubious at best. Carefully scrutinize any new investment opportunity related to a vaccine or cure. Your best bet is to stay up to date with new information and guidance through local, state and federal government sources (all government emails and websites end in “.gov.”)
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AARP Maine hosted a two-part series of tele-town halls on COVID-19 with US Senators and Maine Leaders on March 30 and April 13, 2020. Both discussions focused on the latest on the coronavirus in Maine, and how Mainers can stay informed and stay healthy. You can listen to both tele-town halls here.
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