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    June 15, 2021

    A vaccinated Mainer could win close to $1 million in new sweepstakes campaign

    The sweepstakes will award $1 per every vaccinated person to one lucky winner to be announced on July 4.

  • Published
    June 3, 2021

    A visit with the school nurse

    Yan Lozanova: How did you “nurse” during remote learning? Nurse Chris Kiley: Last spring, I called some families to see how they were doing and how the children were doing. Zephyr Stoddard: What did you do? Nurse Kiley: Most of the time I came to CASS and helped pack groceries and meals to send to families on the school bus. We sent home about 1,000 pounds of food, including fresh produce each week, as well as ...

  • Published
    June 3, 2021

    A visit with the school nurse

    Yan Lozanova: How did you “nurse” during remote learning? Nurse Chris Kiley: Last spring, I called some families to see how they were doing and how the children were doing. Zephyr Stoddard: What did you do? Nurse Kiley: Most of the time I came to CASS and helped pack groceries and meals to send to families on the school bus. We sent home about 1,000 pounds of food, including fresh produce each week, as well as ...

  • Published
    May 19, 2021

    One new COVID-19 death in Waldo County

    Two new deaths were reported Wednesday, May 19, at the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention briefing, one of which was in Waldo County. The two people were both women, one in her 60s and the other in her 70s. Besides the woman from Waldo County was one from York County. A total of 807 people have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Dr. Nirav Shah, director of Maine CDC, reported an additional ...

  • Published
    May 14, 2021

    Maine changes mask rules again to align with U.S. CDC guidelines

    The Mills administration is aligning with The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to allow those who are fully vaccinated to forgo masks in indoor public settings. The new rules will go into effect on May 24. “We welcome this new guidance and we agree — being vaccinated is the best way to protect you and your loved ones from COVID-19,” Gov. Janet Mills said in a statement. “After a review of the new ...

  • Published
    May 13, 2021

    Art on wheels with Mrs. Brown

    Lizzy Bahner: What changes have you had to make to your lesson plans? Mrs. Brown: In order to make my lessons fit the distancing rules, I have made use of technology much more than ever before. Where I used to have kids gather around a table to watch a demonstration for an activity, now I present it under the iPad camera, which is projected up on a screen so they can watch from their seats. Lizzy: Have you had to ...

  • Published
    May 12, 2021

    State pushes to vaccinate 12-to-15-year-olds

    As of April, 9% of all new COVID-19 patients in Maine were youngsters 12 to 17years old, according to Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In his weekly media briefing Wednesday, May 12, Shah said the disease is serious, affects children, and can contribute to be transmitted, especially to older unvaccinated adults who live in the same household with kids. In a ...

  • Published
    May 4, 2021

    State lifts residency requirement for vaccinations

    The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced a change in residency policy for receiving COVID-19 shots in Maine Tuesday, May 4. Dr. Nirav Shah, director of Maine CDC, said starting today, anyone 16 and over can get a vaccination, regardless of what state they reside in. The change, he said, is because more people are coming into the state, and in the case of college students, returning back to ...

  • Published
    May 3, 2021

    FEMA provides COVID-19-related funeral assistance

    FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020, under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Applications will be taken only over the phone by calling 844-684-6333 (TTY: 800-462-7585) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. Multilingual services are available. Interested ...

  • Published
    April 29, 2021

    Health officials appeal to younger Mainers to get vaccinated

    In the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention media briefing Thursday, April 29, the recurring theme was the importance younger Mainers' getting vaccinated. Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine CDC, said among people 50 and over, more than two thirds have received all needed COVID-19 shots, compared to one fifth of people 16 to 49. Recently, he said, two people in their 20s died from COVID-19. Also, ...

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