Weekly Update: How Mainers Are Coping With COVID-19 (3/31)

From pop-up factories to virtual museum tours to online karaoke, Mainers are finding ways to help one another feel a little less isolated in the era of social distancing.


Distilleries around Maine, including Newcastle’s Split Rock Distilling and Portland’s Maine Craft Distilling, have started using their boozy equipment to make hand sanitizer, supplying both hospitals and individual customers.


The Maine Flag Company is donating all profits from its Heart of It All flag — a red heart set against a white banner — to provide meals from local restaurants to frontline health-care workers.


Flowfold, maker of wallets, bags, and travel gear, is shifting all of its resources into making face shields for healthcare workers. Its first thousand shields, manufactured in eight days, went to Portland’s Maine Medical Center.


Joseph Meyers started a Quarantine Karaoke group on Facebook that quickly attracted more than 400,000 members from around the world and drew thousands of posts of people belting it out at home.


Seamsters across the state have been sewing medical masks at home, and local real-estate developer Michael Mullins set up a not-for-profit production center — Mid-Coast Pop Up PPE Factory —  to help produce protective masks and gowns for health-care workers.


The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, closed during the pandemic, has launched free virtual tours of its current exhibitions so that visitors can experience the galleries from the safety of their homes.


L.L.Bean partnered with Good Shepherd Food Bank to pre-box provisions to send to food pantries in each of Maine’s 16 counties, simplifying the distribution from those local pantries to individuals and families in need.

Have you heard of individuals or organizations doing work to help Mainers that we should highlight here? Let us know.