covid-19 micro-enterprise business assistance grant
The Maine Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) in partnership with the Maine Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) will provide grants of up to $5,000 for businesses with five or fewer employees, with an owner whose income is in the low to moderate range as defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Click here for the link for more information.
Covid-19 Testing sites
The State of Maine has expanded its COVID-19 testing capacity. Click here for more information and the list of testing sites. This list and the website are being updated frequently in collaboration with Maine DHHS.
Franklin Memorial Hospital
- Testing available consistent with ME DHHS Standing Order issued 6/18/2020
- Facility type Drive-thru
- Appointment Required
- No Provider Referral Required
- Swab & Send? Yes
For Swab and Send testing, patients should call 207 779-2751 to be screened for Standing Order criteria and to make an appointment.
131 Franklin Health Commons
The virus doesn't move. We move the virus.
Please practice social distancing at every opportunity in all locations out of respect for everyone's health and safety.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Cough and sneeze into your sleeve or use a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Disinfect frequently touched objects (like your cell phone) and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
What to do if you start to feel sick:
- COVID-19 creates symptoms that are similar to those of a bad cold or seasonal flu, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Mild cases can often be treated at home. If you experience more intense symptoms, please call your primary care provider.
Don’t go straight to a hospital or other health care facility if you:
- Develop a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or have recently traveled to an active outbreak area. Call them first, they’ll need to prepare for your arrival and determine if you need testing for COVID-19.
If you have questions, you can find helpful information about the Coronavirus/COVID-19 at these websites:
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/
For more information and ongoing updates for the Coronavirus,COVID-19 please check out:
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Call 211, Maine’s informational helpline, for general information.
SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES
Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) has announced it will partner with the Small Business Administration (SBA) and financial institutions to provide low or no interest loans, and loan insurance for businesses affected by COVID-19. This could include more flexible loan terms, relaxed underwriting and special lower interest rates.
Federal loans can take time, but FAME is looking to help bridge that financial gap by working with SBA on intra-agency measures to provide that funding sooner. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.
The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses. The interest rate for private non-profit organizations is 2.75 percent. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years and are available to entities without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.
Applicants also may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 16, 2020
Other Resources with Information:
Greater Franklin Development Council: http://www.greaterfranklin.com/
Franklin County Chamber of Commerce: https://www.franklincountymaine.org/
USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT
The USDA has implemented immediate measures to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the Coronavirus/COVID-19. Click here to download the PDF notice.
FARMINGTON WASTE WATER
Help keep our wastewater employees safe – flush only paper!
In these days of limited access to toilet paper, please remember that the Town’s wastewater treatment plant is very sensitive to what you flush. If its something other than toilet paper, please do not flush it.