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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Maine has now had 1,515 cases of COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic, and 66 deaths. That's according to new figures the Maine Center for Disease Control released Wednesday.

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The head of the federal Centers for Disease Control indicated on Tuesday that new guidance will be issued soon that could allow dental practices to resume routine care. The announcement is a boost for Maine dentists, who will likely be permitted to reopen next week.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Fifteen more Mainers have been confirmed with COVID-19, for a total of 1,477 cases, according to the state Center for Disease Control.

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The Maine CDC reported 26 new cases of COVID-19 and another death on Monday, the first day that retail businesses in 12 of Maine's 16 counties can resume limited operations.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

It’s been eight weeks since dental offices in Maine have been closed for routine care. During that time, minor dental issues in some patients have progressed into emergencies.

Slovenski Camps

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?

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

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.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP File

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.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

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.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

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.

Patrick Semansky / Associated Press

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.