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Traveling by boat, vaccinators bring hope to Maine islanders

Even as the number of clinics that offer the COVID-19 vaccine has grown, some Mainers still face challenges getting access. Sometimes the barrier is no internet connection. Sometimes it’s finding a ride. And for some communities, it’s miles of ocean.

Residents of Maine’s islands face unique hurdles in their efforts to get vaccinated, but a Maine nonprofit that’s now more than a century old is bringing doses out to them.

As the mail boat to the Cranberry Islands pulls away from the dock at Northeast Harbor on a recent morning, it carries a stack of packages for island residents. But on this particular morning, there’s another piece of especially precious cargo — a Styrofoam cooler, nestled into a reusable shopping bag.

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Traveling during coronavirus? Expert tips on what to bring

If you plan to take a road trip or flight during the coronavirus pandemic, health experts suggest putting certain items on your packing list.

These items may help keep you from getting sick or navigate potential closures on your trip, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Before leaving the house, you should research to find out how widespread the virus is in your community and at your destination, the CDC says.

Health officials say “staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick.” But some may look beyond the possible risks or need to leave town as summer nears.

What should you bring?

Health experts urge people to pack plenty of hand sanitizer — but don’t forget to have it within reach, the CDC says. It can be used instead of soap and water when people are on the go.

Another consideration is disinfectants. Inside the car, travelers should sanitize surfaces that are frequently touched, including steering wheels and door handles, health experts say.

People hitting the road also should use disinfectant wipes to clean surfaces on gas pumps, according to the CDC.

“Making stops along the way for gas, food, or bathroom breaks can put you and your traveling companions in close contact with other people and surfaces,” officials said.

If you plan to spend time at rest stops, airports or other transportation centers, health experts recommend bringing a mask. The CDC says face coverings should be worn public, and several airlines require plane passengers to wear them.

In other public areas such as farmers markets and restrooms, doctors recommend trying to visit at off-times to avoid crowds, McClatchy News reported.

Travelers also may want to anticipate shutdowns away from their homes.

“Prepare food and water for your trip,” the CDC said on its website. “Pack non-perishable food in case restaurants and stores are closed.”

Another tip is to bring enough medicine for the whole trip. If you have to stock up at a pharmacy, officials suggest calling ahead and seeing if there are drive-thru or curbside pickup options to avoid unnecessary close contact with people.

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Simone Jasper is a reporter covering breaking stories for The News & Observer and real-time news in the Carolinas.

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