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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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.

Maine has launched a toll-free telephone support service, or “warmline,” to help frontline workers manage the emotional challenges of responding to COVID-19.

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Maine has confirmed 875 cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control. One more person has died from the disease, for a total of 35 deaths, and 414 people have recovered.

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The Trump administration has released guidelines for states to reopen their economies and loosen social distancing orders related to the coronavirus pandemic. During a daily press briefing Friday, Maine Center for Disease Control Director Dr. Nirav Shah said the guidelines provide a framework for Maine, but many questions need to be answered moving forward.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public file

Gov. Janet Mills has issued an executive order barring most evictions during the ongoing civil state of emergency. Mills announced the order during a press briefing Thursday, where she also unveiled a rental assistance relief program. Maine now joins several dozen states that have taken action on eviction, but some renters say more protection is needed.

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Updated April 16, 2020 at 2:56 p.m. ET.

Maine Gov. Janet Mills has issued an executive order that will bar landlords from evicting tenants during the coronavirus pandemic, and a $5 million relief program for eligible tenants who can't pay their rent.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

Multiple local and state emergency agencies were to an explosion at the Androscoggin Mill in Jay Wednesday afternoon that sent a plume of smoke into the air and scattered pulp debris miles away.

Fifteen more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed at three Maine nursing homes. With more cases at other nursing homes expected, Maine Center for Disease Control Director Dr. Nirav Shah says he’s considering a change in testing protocol to try to tamp down future outbreaks.

Maine Medical Center has joined two clinical trials to test how well the drug Remdesivir treats moderate and severe cases of COVID-19.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

Updated at 2:09 p.m. April 13, 2020.

Maine now has nearly 700 known cases of COVID-19. That's 65 more cases than reported Sunday, the state's biggest one-day jump since the outbreak began.

Charles Beck / Maine Public

Cases of COVID-19 have erupted at several nursing homes in Maine over the past week. A total 24 staff and 86 residents have tested positive for the infection, and three residents have died.


COVID-19, caused by the new coronavirus can be a serious, life-threatening disease. But most people — about 80 percent of confirmed cases — have mild to moderate symptoms. Still, for those who come out the other side, there are lingering questions — and frustrations. Several Mainers are either contending with the virus or have recovered. They’ve shared their stories with Maine Public.