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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The 4,400 doses of Moderna vaccine that had temperature control issues during shipment to Maine last week have been deemed viable.

Gerry Broome / Associated Press

Maine is getting a 16% increase in its next allotment of COVID-19 vaccines.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Gov. Janet Mills is ending the early closing time the state required for some businesses in order to limit the spread of COVID-19 during the holidays.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

Maine's independent pharmacies are playing a growing role in administering coronavirus vaccines to the residents of long-term care facilities, after a bumpy start to a Trump adminstration program that enlisted two large pharmacy chains — CVS and Walgreens — to do that same work across the country.

MaineHealth is encouraging people in the communities they serve to preregister for the COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of whether they’re included in current eligible groups.

Gov. Janet Mills is encouraged by President Joe Biden’s pledge to increase the supply of COVID-19 doses distributed to states.

Frank Augstein / Associated Press

MaineHealth has opened a clinic in Westbrook this week to vaccinate people 70 and older against COVID-19. More than 1,800 people are expected to receive a dose this week.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

The Maine CDC is expecting to launch a statewide COVID-19 vaccine registration system within the next several weeks after an equivalent federal system that was developed by the Trump administration turned out to not meet the state's needs. 

More clinics in Maine are offering the COVID-19 vaccine this week to people who are at least 70 years of age. Older adults will also have more options for how to make appointments, with the launch of one health care system’s new hotline.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

The Maine CDC is reporting 259 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. That’s up from the 189 cases announced Sunday, but still lower than daily cases reported last week, which reached above 600 for several days.

David Goldman / Associated Press file

InterMed is focusing its COVID-19 vaccinations on patients 80 and older.

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.”