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    March 18, 2021

    COVID-19 cases rise to 241 across the state

    The COVID-19 daily case count continued an upward trend with 241 people contracting the disease since yesterday, up from 186 people on Tuesday. Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday, March 18, the concerning trend can also be seen in the increasing seven-day PCR positivity rate of 1.72%, up from 1.55% on March 16. Two additional deaths were reported in the ...

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    March 14, 2021

    PBMC, WCGH relax some visitor restrictions

    MaineHealth, an integrated health system that includes Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital, has issued a new policy for visitors to its care settings in light of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. The new policy is somewhat less strict than the one that went into effect Dec. 4, 2020, when COVID-19 cases in Maine and New Hampshire began to spike. Left in place, however, are restrictions on the ...

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    March 11, 2021

    One year anniversary of first confirmed COVID case in Maine

    Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said Thursday, March 11, that today marks one year since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the state. Since then, he said, 723 Mainers have lost their lives to the virus. That translates to nearly two people a day dying with COVID-19 in Maine, he said. Since yesterday, an additional 187 people have tested positive for the ...

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    March 11, 2021

    New COVID-19 case at Mount View High School

    Another person associated with Mount View High School has recently tested positive for COVID-19, according to RSU 3 Superintendent Charles Brown. In a March 10 letter to staff, students and families, Brown said the district health office was notified Wednesday afternoon about the new case. “Due to the timing, there were no close contacts…,” Brown said in his letter. “We are informing you out of an abundance of ...

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    March 10, 2021

    RSU 71 students sent home after new cases detected

    One confirmed case of COVID-19 has been identified at Troy Howard Middle School and one at East Belfast Elementary School, Regional School Unit 71 Superintendent Mary Alice McLean said in a March 10 email. Students at East Belfast were to be dismissed at noon and will be in fully remote learning from tomorrow until Monday, March 22, she said. Only students at Troy Howard who were in close contact with the ...

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    March 9, 2021

    CDC reports 17 uncounted deaths; 133 new COVID cases

    Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported 17 additional deaths from COVID-19 in the state Tuesday, March 9, along with 133 new cases of the illness. Dr. Nirav Shah, director of Maine CDC, noted the deaths were discovered by investigating online death certificates, looking for codes that providers use when a person dies with COVID-19. The 17 deaths occurred between Feb. 17 and March 4, he said, and ...

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    March 4, 2021

    Teachers, staff, child care providers now eligible for COVID vaccine

    Teachers, staff and child care providers are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations in Maine, regardless of age, following a presidential directive Tuesday. Maine Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew said Thursday, March 4, at the Center of Disease Control and Prevention media briefing, that this new directive will be administered through the retail partnership at Walgreens, Walmart, and ...

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    March 2, 2021

    Johnson & Johnson doses arrive in Maine

    The state's allocation of COVID-19 doses this week grew to 55,000, including the Pfizer, Moderna and recently approved Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew of the Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday, March 2, at the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention media briefing that the amount is more than double what the state had received in previous weeks. Dr. Nirav Shah, ...

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    February 25, 2021

    CDC announces 217 new COVID-19 cases

    The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported an additional 41 COVID-19-related deaths in the state Thursday, Feb. 25. Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine CDC, said that while the high number is concerning, 39 were found by reviewing death certificates in the state. Two deaths occurred recently, he said. The 39 deaths occurred from Jan. 26 through mid-February and the vast majority of the people ...

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    February 23, 2021

    Emergency authorization sought for new vaccine

    A new COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson is set to be evaluated Friday by the Food and Drug Administration as well as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for emergency use authorization. Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said Tuesday, Feb. 23, the vaccine differs from the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in that it only requires one dose and also ...

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