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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Charles Beck / Maine Public

Cases of COVID-19 at a Belfast long-term care facility have nearly doubled, and a new outbreak has been identified at a nursing home in Augusta, according to the latest update from the Maine CDC.

Updated April 9, 2020 at 1:01 p.m. ET.

Ten residents and three staff members at the Tall Pines retirement and assisted living facility in Belfast have tested positive for COVID-19.

Maine Public

Two more people have died, and another 18 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Maine.

Central Maine Healthcare announced Wednesday that about 300 staff will be furloughed.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

The Maine National Guard and the Maine Emergency Management Agency will set up alternative care sites in Portland and Bangor as the state prepares for a potential surge of COVID-19 patients.

The insurer Allstate announced Monday that $1.3 million will go to Maine policyholders as part of a “Shelter in Place Payback.”

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

Updated April 6, 2020 at 1:14 p.m. ET.

Maine now has 499 cases of COVID-19, an additional 29 cases since Sunday, says Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah.  More than 350 of those cases are among residents of Cumberland and York counties.

Ted S. Warren / AP File

As of Thursday, 68 people in Maine have been hospitalized for COVID-19.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

Updated April 2, 2020 at 2:27 p.m. ET.

The Maine Center for Disease Control Thursday is reporting 376 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 32 cases from yesterday’s report.

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Updated April 1, 2020 at 13:19 a.m. ET.

Two more people infected with the new coronavirus have died, bringing the total number of deaths from the illness in Maine to 7, according to Maine Center for Disease Control Director Dr. Nirav Shah.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

Citing the historic public health threat of the coronavirus, Gov. Janet Mills on Tuesday issued a stay-at-home order for all Maine residents and visitors.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

Updated March 31, 2020 at 2:25 p.m. ET.

Five people have died from COVID-19 in Maine, according to Maine Center for Disease Control Director Dr. Nirav Shah. At an Augusta news briefing Tuesday, Shah said the state's death toll rose from three to five overnight with the deaths of two people who were hospitalized.

A new 5-minute test for COVID-19 is being produced in Maine. Abbott Laboratories in Scarborough is expected to begin releasing the tests this week. They’re being lauded by President Donald Trump as a potential game changer in the fight against the coronavirus, but the director of the Maine Center for Disease Control is advising caution.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

State officials, including Maine Gov. Janet Mills, have expressed concerns about people from out of state coming to Maine seeking refuge from the coronavirus. Physicians are also concerned.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

Updated March 30, 2020 at 12:58 p.m. ET.

Maine now has 275 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, 22 more since yesterday. That's according to Maine Center for Disease Control Director Dr. Nirav Shah.