• Maine January 21, 2022 10:43 pm

    Omicron ‘Tsunami' Creates Backlog of 46,000 Positive COVID Tests in Maine

    Maine officials said this week that they have 46,000 positive COVID-19 tests to sort through because of a backlog caused by an Omicron variant “tsunami.” During a press briefing on Wednesday, Maine CDC Director, Dr. Nirav Shah, said “the current COVID wave has been so large that it has outstripped our ability” to register new daily cases every single day….

  • Maine CDC January 21, 2022 7:23 pm

    Maine Officials Dealing With Backlog of 46,000 Positive COVID Tests

    During a press briefing on Wednesday, Maine CDC Director, Dr. Nirav Shah said “the current COVID wave has been so large that it has outstripped our ability” to register new daily cases every single day.

  • coronavirus December 17, 2021 6:41 pm

    Maine Confirms Its First Cases of Omicron COVID Variant

    Public health officials in Maine said Friday the state has detect the omicron variant of COVID-19 within its borders. The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor conducted genomic sequencing to confirm the variant in five samples from Penobscot County, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The variant has been detected in more than 40 states. Gov. Janet…

  • Maine CDC December 16, 2021 12:41 pm

    Hunt for Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals' Widens to 34 Maine Communities

    Thirty-four communities across Maine will be tested for environmental pollutants associated with serious health conditions, after the so-called “forever chemicals” were found in chicken eggs and deer meat harvested in the Fairfield area. The state’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention hasn’t said the exact sites that will be tested, but they include Westbrook, Windham, Gorham, Auburn and Skowhegan, The Portland Press Herald reported...

  • coronavirus August 18, 2021 3:21 pm

    Delta Variant Comprised 100% of Latest COVID Samples in Maine

    The delta variant continues to be the dominant strain of coronavirus in the latest testing by the Maine Center for Disease Control. The delta variant made up 100% of 35 sampled cases so far in August, compared to 86% in July, the Portland Press Herald reported. In June, delta accounted for only 3.6% of all tested cases. The state is dealing…

  • Maine August 17, 2021 9:44 am

    Fall Sports Underway in Maine Against Backdrop of Rising Infections

    Practice for fall sports is getting underway this week at Maine high schools against a backdrop of growing coronavirus infections. Football players in particular are fired up. Last year, Maine was one of just four states that did not have a tackle football season in response to the pandemic. Instead, teams were allowed to play flag football. The Bucksport High…

  • Maine August 10, 2021 5:31 pm

    9 Maine Emergency Department Employees Test Positive for COVID

    The Maine CDC is investigating how nine employees at Maine Medical Center’s Emergency Department came to test positive for COVID-19.

  • Maine CDC August 3, 2021 11:28 am

    Maine CDC Head: Set Aside Anger, Fear Over Virus Resurgence

    The head of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention used a radio appearance to call on residents to set aside anger and fear as the state battles a resurgence of the coronavirus. Maine has had more success than many states in controlling COVID-19, but cases have been rising in recent weeks. Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah told…

  • vaccine July 29, 2021 8:43 am

    Maine to Promote COVID-19 Shots in Schools as Fall Nears

    Maine is going to support free coronavirus vaccine clinics in schools and promote education about vaccines as part of a push to protect schools from the virus. The Maine Department of Health and Human Services and Maine Department of Education said Wednesday they’re working on the effort in the wake of new guidance from the federal government. The U.S....

  • mask mandate July 27, 2021 4:55 pm

    COVID in Maine: Case Counts Rise, Indoor Masking Could Return

    The number of daily coronavirus infections has quadrupled in Maine over the last four weeks, and the total count since the start of the pandemic has eclipsed 70,000 cases. The state’s top public health official, Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah, told the Bangor City Council that a return to indoor mask use is likely coming even for fully vaccinated…

  • Caterpillar June 14, 2021 8:30 am

    Maine Warns of Poisonous Caterpillar Outbreak

    Maine is urging the public to be cautious of browntail moth caterpillars, which have tiny hairs which can become airborne and cause a skin reaction or trouble breathing. The Maine Center for Disease Control says the public is at risk of contact with the hairs because of increased outdoor time in the summer. Reaction to the hairs can include rash,…

  • ticks May 9, 2021 9:09 pm

    Maine Residents Should Prepare for Active Tick Season

    Public health authorities in Maine expect a very active tick season this year and are advising residents and visitors take precautions. Health care providers reported more than 1,100 confirmed and probable cases of Lyme disease to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention in 2020. That was a lower number than the record year that preceded it, but Maine…

  • Maine March 18, 2021 4:39 pm

    Maine Says Infections Are Up Among Young People

    Younger Mainers account for a growing number of COVID-19 infections in the state, raising concerns that they could fuel another spike. People in their 20s make up the highest percentage of new cases, about 18%, and those under 20 account for nearly 16%, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Together, those groups account for about a…

  • Maine December 17, 2020 1:12 pm

    Maine Residents Will Get a Card Along With COVID-19 Vaccine Shot

    Maine residents will be issued cards to simplify the process of getting vaccinated for coronavirus after they receive the first shot. The state began a rollout of the vaccine this week and it is expected to take months. Hundreds of health care workers have been vaccinated so far. The coronavirus vaccine that is becoming available is a two-shot series. Maine…

  • Maine December 7, 2020 7:22 pm

    Maine to Change COVID-19 Investigations as Cases Break Records

    Maine continues breaking daily coronavirus case records, with 427 new positive tests reported by the state’s Center for Control and Prevention on Monday, when the agency’s director announced a change to how it will investigate new cases. The Maine CDC will no longer conduct contact tracing investigations for every person who tests positive for COVID-19, said Dr. Nirav Shah,...

  • Maine November 23, 2020 4:40 pm

    Maine to Alter Contact Tracing Plans as Coronavirus Surges

    The surge of coronavirus cases in Maine has necessitated changes to the state’s contact tracing protocols, the state’s top public health officials said Monday. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention will no longer be able to keep in touch with individuals who test positive for the coronavirus over the course of their illness, said Dr. Nirav Shah,...

  • Maine October 29, 2020 5:15 pm

    Gov. Mills Extends Civil Emergency Declaration in Maine

    Maine Gov. Janet Mills on Thursday extended a state of civil emergency for another 30 days, through Thanksgiving. The announcement came a day after Mills pleaded with Mainers to follow public health rules amid a growing number of coronavirus cases. “Rising case counts show that this virus is still very much among us and we must take every precaution to…

  • Maine October 26, 2020 6:26 pm

    Maine Virus Count Tops 50 on Consecutive Days After Lull

    Maine has posted more than 50 new coronavirus cases on back-to-back days for the first time since May. The state’s total number of reported cases of coronavirus has increased by 58, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday. The state reported 59 new cases on Sunday. The last time the state had consecutive case counts of more…

  • Maine October 13, 2020 8:12 pm

    Maine Moves to Stage 4 of Reopening, Giving Boost to Restaurants Ahead of Winter

    Maine moved into Stage 4 of its COVID-19 economic reopening plan on Tuesday, meaning many businesses and organizations were allowed to host more people inside ahead of the cool and cold weather coming in late fall and winter. Places like restaurants, movie theaters and religious gathering spaces are able to fill either 50% of their seats or allow 100 people…

  • coronavirus in maine October 9, 2020 11:31 am

    Youth Hockey Ref May Have Exposed Hundreds to Coronavirus in Maine, Officials Say

    A referee who was on the ice for eight games over two days could’ve exposed hundreds of youth hockey players to the coronavirus in Maine and New Hampshire, officials said Thursday. The state is still getting a handle on the situation, but as many as 400 people could’ve been exposed to the virus, said Dr. Nirav Shah, director of...

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