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  • 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 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
    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, ...

  • Published
    April 27, 2021

    Travel policy updated; outside mask mandate eased

    Starting May 1, residents traveling back to Maine and visitors coming into the state will no longer be required to test or quarantine before entering. In his Tuesday, April 27, briefing, Dr. Nirav Shah, director of Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said the policy announced today may change if states show a high level of variants causing increases in case levels. “Right now,” he said, “there are ...

  • Published
    April 22, 2021

    CDC reports 403 new coronavirus cases, 119 people hospitalized

    As of Thursday, April 22, there are 119 Mainers hospitalized with COVID-19, up from 104 two days ago, according to Mane Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Nirav Shah. Out of this total, 48 are in intensive care units and 18 are on ventilators. The number of intensive care unit admissions is higher than it has been in recent months, he said. The case numbers have also increased, with more young ...

  • Published
    April 13, 2021

    J & J on hold because of rare blood clot condition

    A rare blood clot condition has affected six people across the country out 6.8 million who have received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said in his media briefing Tuesday, April 13, that all six were women between the ages of 18 and 48 and the clots occurred six to 13 days after receiving the vaccine. According to the New ...

  • Published
    April 8, 2021

    J & J vaccine supply down for next several weeks

    Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said Thursday, April 8, the state allocation of Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses for the next several weeks will be lower than recently. Next week, Shah said, the state will receive 2,500 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, a decrease of 18,100 doses. Maine is estimated to receive similar amounts for the weeks of April 12 and 19. ...

  • Published
    April 6, 2021

    Mobile vaccination clinic launches next week

    Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew of the Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday, April 6, at the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention briefing that she is relieved that tomorrow the focus will be on how to get the majority of people in Maine vaccinated. Starting April 7, Mainers 16 and over will be eligible for COVID-19 shots. Lambrew said it was like "putting aside the eligibility rule and ...

  • Published
    April 1, 2021

    Mainers 16 and older eligible for COVID-19 vaccine next week

    Gov. Janet Mills said Thursday, April 1, at the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention briefing that Mainers 16 and over will be eligible for COVID-19 shots starting April 7. The extended age eligibility, which affects approximately 470,000 people, comes nine days after the 50 and over age group became eligible to receive vaccinations. Mills said the state is still in a race against the variants and ...

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