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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For more than 100 years, kids have flocked to summer camps in Maine to play in the woods, swim in a lake, forge new friendships and find a bit of freedom from their lives back home. But the new coronavirus is casting a cloud of uncertainty over how sleepaway camps might operate this summer — if at all.

State and local governments have been front and center in the U.S. as we face the coronavirus pandemic. That is especially true because of inconsistent messaging from the Trump administration, and the fact that the federal government has not met states' needs for testing and medical equipment. So how has Maine responded since our first case of COVID-19, which was nearly two months ago?

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Maine is reporting 76 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 1, 330 since the pandemic began, and no new deaths. 

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As Maine's total number of COVID-19 cases rose by another 28, and the disease took another life, Maine Gov. Janet Mills said she's convening an Economic Recovery Committee comprised of  37 business, government and municipal leaders, lawmakers, representatives of Maine's tourism industry and other stakeholders.

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Four more Mainers infected with the coronavirus have died, and another 21 new cases have been identified. That's according to Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah, who discussed the new figures Tuesday at a live briefing in Augusta.

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Dentists in Maine say they still don’t know when they can reopen under Gov. Janet Mills’ plan announced last week.

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Starting Friday, health care providers can resume routine procedures and appointments that they have had to put on hold as the state has tried to stem the spread of the new coronavirus. Many providers say they will not reopen right away, and some, including dentists, say they still aren't allowed to provide treatment other than emergency care.

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Many business owners and municipal leaders have been eagerly waiting for Gov. Janet Mills to provide a path forward after weeks of restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Her announcement today that she’ll issue a new stay at home order that allows a gradual reopening of certain businesses is a relief for some, but not all.

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Another Maine resident has died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, as the number of cases in Maine rose on Wednesday by 16, for a total of 1,056. But Maine Center for Disease Control Director Dr. Nirav Shah said some additional cases have just been identified.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has found in favor of Maine's Community Health Options and other insurers that sued the federal government for failing to make payments under the Affordable Care Act.

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills says she's likely to announce Tuesday whether she'll extend her stay-at-home order, which expires Thursday. 


Residents of nursing homes account for more than half of all deaths from COVID-19 in Maine, one of only a handful of states that share that distinction.

Five more people have died from COVID-19 in Maine. The total number of deaths is now 44, and the state Center for Disease Control has confirmed 30 additional cases, for a total of 937. Four hundred eighty-five people have recovered from COVID-19 in Maine.

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The coronavirus pandemic has thrust us all into a new situation that can be disorienting. That's especially true for doctors and nurses who are treating patients with an illness they've never seen before. On Tuesday, the Mills administration launched a new statewide telephone line to support frontline workers, but there are also local efforts underway — including a new online peer support group at Maine Medical Center.

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Originally published April 21, 2020 at 12:04 p.m. ET.

Another Mainer has died of the coronavirus, at the Maine Veteran's Home in Scarborough, as the number of positive diagnoses in the state since the pandemic began rose to 888, another 13 since Monday.