Patty Wight

News Producer

Patty is a graduate of the University of Vermont and a multiple award-winning reporter for Maine Public Radio. Her specialty is health coverage: from policy stories to patient stories, physical health to mental health and anything in between. Patty joined Maine Public Radio in 2012 after producing stories as a freelancer for NPR programs such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered. She got hooked on radio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine, and hasn’t looked back ever since.

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Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Scarborough Downs will soon become the site of Maine’s first mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

Within hours of opening up appointments for people 70 and older to get the COVID-19 vaccine, officials at Northern Light Health say all 2,000 available slots were booked.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated what advocates say was already a crisis shortage of long-term care workers in Maine. That has left more older adults without the medical support they need to age at home.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press file

COVID-19 vaccinations for people 70 and older are underway in Maine, marking the beginning stages of Phase 1B of the state’s vaccination plan. But demand for vaccines is far outstripping the state’s supply.

MaineHealth began taking appointments for people 70 and older this week, and Chief Health Improvement Officer, Dr. Dora Mills, says their call center was flooded with requests. On Monday, she says, 18,000 people tried to get a slot.

“Actually, I understand we had about 70,000 calls,” she says, “but they were from about 18,000 people.”

David Goldman / Associated Press file

Maine’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout will continue as planned despite news Friday that the Trump administration does not have a backup supply of doses to boost state allocations as expected.

MaineHealth says it plans to move into the next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations sooner than anticipated.

Eduardo Munoz / Pool via AP

Gov. Janet Mills is revising the state’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan to expand who is included in the current phase, 1A, and who comes next, in Phase 1B. The changes re-prioritize adults 70 and older and those with high-risk medical conditions, as well as certain workers.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

The Maine CDC is exploring ways for members of the public to pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine. But agency director Dr. Nirav Shah says that will require an IT platform that can offer certain functions.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Six more Mainers have died with COVID-19, and the state CDC is reporting 612 more cases.

Christophe Ena / Associated Press

President-elect Joe Biden announced on Friday that he wants to release nearly all available doses of the COVID-19 vaccine after he takes office on Jan. 20.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Thirteen more people have died from COVID-19 in Maine. The state’s death toll now stands at 385.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

This week, frontline hospital staff who were the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine are getting their second doses.

The Mills administration is extending the requirement that certain businesses close by 9 p.m.

COVID-19 vaccinations for EMS providers are underway in York County.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

The director of the Maine CDC says his agency has received reports of a total of four adverse events from people who have received either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.