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Posted on: March 30, 2020

City Council Votes to Extend Stay at Home Emergency Order Until April 27

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The Portland City Council voted tonight to extend the State of Emergency and Stay at Home order until April 27. The vote extends the Emergency Order originally issued by the City Manager on March 24 and replaces it with this Emergency Order

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Posted on: March 27, 2020

India Street Clinic to Resume Clinical Services & Needle Exchange Program

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The India Street Public Health Center will resume its clinical services and Needle Exchange Program on Monday, March 30. This comes after a two week closure due to widespread staff exposure to COVID-19. The City had no other choice but to cease operations...

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Portland Issues COVID-19 Related Updates for City Services

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The City of Portland is issuing the following updates related to the COVID-19 response and resources.

City Hall & City Buildings Closed to External Visitors Until April 13

City Hall and all City buildings will now remain closed to external visitors unti...

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Posted on: March 24, 2020

City Announces Stay at Home Emergency Order Effective Wednesday, March 25 at 5:00 PM

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City Announces Stay at Home Emergency Order Effective Wednesday, March 25 at 5:00 PM

Restricts all non-essential personal and business services

Mayor Kate Snyder and Portland City Manager Jon Jennings announced today at a 3:00 PM press conference that the C...

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Public Health
Posted on: March 23, 2020

Mayor Snyder Issues Guidance to Keep People Housed During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Portland Mayor Kate Snyder issued the following guidance to help keep people housed during the COVID-19 pandemic given the need for safe housing during this public health and economic crisis. The courts are currently closed at this time and no evictions a...

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Posted on: March 20, 2020

City Committed to Caring for Homeless Populations During COVID-19 Pandemic

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The City of Portland has been working on the front lines in direct contact with its most vulnerable community members for more than 30 years with one of the most dedicated and professional staffs. Each and every decision the City makes is with their best ...

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Posted on: March 19, 2020

City Announces Temporary Changes to Parking Enforcement In Light of Ongoing Pandemic

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Last Friday, March 13, Portland’s City Manager directed the Parking Division to no longer issue parking tickets for time zones and expired meters for the foreseeable future. Enforcement will continue for illegal parking, which includes blocking ...

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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Governor Mills’ New Executive Order Expands & Extends Portland’s Emergency Proclamation

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In light of the action Governor Janet Mills took today in response to the evolving COVID-19 global pandemic, the Portland City Council’s emergency remote meeting scheduled for March 19 to consider extending the 5-day emergency proclamation that ...

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Public Health
Posted on: March 16, 2020

City Announces Curfew for Establishments & Other COVID-19 Recommendations

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Portland City Manager Jon Jennings announced today he is instituting a mandated curfew for establishments where groups gather from 6:00 AM to 2:00 AM on Tuesday, March 17-18 and then daily from 8:00 PM until 2:00 AM on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sat...

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Public Health
Posted on: March 16, 2020

Canceled Public Health Division events in light of the COVID-19 Response

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In doing our part to protect staff and the public from the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Portland has instituted a strict ban on meetings and gatherings, including city-sponsored events. To provide clarification, Portland Public Health has compiled the f...

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Public Health
Posted on: March 13, 2020

City Officials Provide Update on Coronavirus COVID-19 Response

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As things continue to rapidly evolve with the coronavirus (COVID-19), Mayor Snyder, City Council members, and City Manager Jon Jennings held a press conference on Friday to provide the public and media with the latest information related to the number of ...

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Public Health
Posted on: March 13, 2020

Clinics at 103 India Street Closed for 14 days

If you are a patient or client at 103 India Street and you have questions, please contact the following:

For Portland Community Free Clinic, contact Leslie Nicoll lnicoll@portlandmaine.gov

For STD Clinic, contact Chris Donahue cdonahue@portlandmaine.gov

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Posted on: March 13, 2020

City Cancels Events at Merrill Auditorium, Portland Expo & Ocean Gateway

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The City of Portland has decided to cancel all events scheduled for the next 30 days at Merrill Auditorium, Portland Expo and Ocean Gateway in order to help practice social distancing in order to reduce the number of large gatherings and help slow the spr...

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Public Health
Posted on: March 12, 2020

City Cancels March 16 Council Meeting & Suspends All Public Meetings

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Out of an abundance of caution and for preventative reasons only, the Portland City Council is cancelling its March 16 meeting and March 23 workshop. Both will be rescheduled at dates to be determined.  

Additionally, the City is suspending all co...

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Public Health
Posted on: March 3, 2020

City of Portland Following CDC Guidelines Regarding Coronavirus Precautions

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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: February 24, 2020

India Street Clinic Presents - Free HIV and STD Testing

HIV _ STD Testing Event Poster

The India Street Clinic will be holding a free HIV and STD Testing and Counseling at Candy’s, 34 Portland Street, Saturday, February 29, 2:00 PM to 5:00. Visit Candy’s for more information or call (207)874-8768.

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Public Health
Posted on: February 6, 2020

Public Health Division to Host Community Forums

Flyer for Public Health Division Community Forums

Calling all those who live, work and play in Portland! 

Come share your thoughts about what is important to your health and your community’s health at an upcoming community forum!

Portland Public Health has recently published the first He...

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Posted on: January 29, 2020

City to Offer Weekly Overdose Response Trainings & Naloxone

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The City’s Public Health Division recently merged the Substance Use Prevention and Needle Exchange programs to form the Substance Use Prevention and Harm Reduction Services program. The program, coordinated by Zoe Brokos, will continue to provid...

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Public Health
Posted on: January 15, 2020

Public Health Department Releases Inaugural Health of Portland Report

The City of Portland’s Public Health Division is pleased to share the inaugural Health of Portland Report (HOP). The HOP provides a wide variety of descriptive information about the health status and factors influencing Portland residents. For e...

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Posted on: November 19, 2019

44th Annual Great American Smokeout

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November 21, 2019 is the 44th Annual Great American Smokeout. Since 1976, the American Cancer Society has hosted the Great American Smokeout, a national public awareness event encouraging people to quit smoking, even if it is just for one day. 

Qu...

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Posted on: October 28, 2019

Public Health Division’s Minority Health Program Receives $20k Grant

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The City of Portland Public Health Division’s Minority Health Program is pleased to announce that the Maine Health Access Foundation has awarded it $20,000 grant to assist efforts in increasing the number of Portland residents enrolled in the MaineCare an...

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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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Public Health
Posted on: May 14, 2019

Portland handed out nearly 200,000 free needles last year. Here's where they went.

With that many syringes in circulation — distributed by the city alone — you might expect to find heaps of them on every street corner. But Portland has made significant efforts to keep its streets, parks and playgrounds free of used syringes.

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Posted on: January 7, 2019

India Street STD Clinic Now Offers Online Appointment Scheduling

NEWS ALERT

Patients can now make appointments online for the India Street STD Clinic. Click here to book now. 

Limited appointments are offered on Tuesday afternoons followed by drop-in hours (first come, first serve).

Thursday is now all appointments. If app...

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Public Health
Posted on: December 19, 2018

Public Health's Minority Health Program Releases 2018 Minority Health Assessment Report

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The City of Portland Public Health Division’s Minority Health Program is pleased to announce the publication of its 2018 Minority Health Assessment Report.  The assessment was administered through a survey (orally translated) to participants sele...

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2018 Minority Health Report & Summary Public Health
Posted on: April 5, 2018

Portland Files Lawsuit in Cumberland County Superior Court Against Opioid Manufacturers

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The City of Portland filed a lawsuit today in Cumberland County Superior Court against the manufacturers and distributors of opioid drugs in response to the substantial impact, including the loss of lives, that the opioid epidemic has had on the Portland ...

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Public Health
Posted on: September 6, 2016

Public Health Division Achieves Accreditation

The City of Portland’s Public Health Division has achieved local public health department accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). This places Portland in the first 6% to achieve this distinction among more than 2,500 local publ...Read on...

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