All Things Considered with Nora Flaherty

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Maine Medical Center

Close to 20,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Maine so far, and much of the initial focus has been on frontline hospital workers. But two weeks into the rollout, providers who work outside of hospital systems are frustrated by a lack of clarity about when they’ll get the vaccine, and many are concerned they’re not being treated equitably.

Carlos Osorio / Associated Press file

Slumping college application figures this year suggest that more students are skipping or delaying their postsecondary education because of the pandemic. But there’s at least one course of study that drawing significant interest — applications to medical and nursing schools are up.

Susan Montoya Bryan / Associated Press file

Last year Maine’s Democratic Legislature and governor enacted a grab bag of programs aimed at bringing more solar power online.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Among those who are first-hand witnesses to the surge of COVID-19 in Maine are primary care doctors. They’re the boots on the ground working to dispel myths about the pandemic and encourage people to take precautions. And after seeing an increase in cases from Thanksgiving gatherings, they’re worried about what may happen during the Christmas holiday.

Sarah Bentham / Associated Press file

Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection says it won’t enforce a statewide ban on single-use, plastic carry-out bags and polystyrene foam takeout containers until July of next year — and that’s drawing some fire from environmentalists.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

Starting Monday, it’s nursing home staff and residents’ turns to get the COVID-19 vaccine — a week after immunizations began for frontline hospital workers. But the rollout at skilled nursing facilities won’t be as swift as it was for hospitals — while many in nursing homes are eager for the extra protection from the vaccine, there are concerns that some may not be willing to get it.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public file

If approved, the stimulus deal reached in Washington this weekend will provide more money to schools, direct payments to people and extended unemployment benefits for those out of work. But one significant provision appears to have been left out: funding to local and state governments.

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press file

Around the country, native people, including leaders of the Penobscot Nation in Maine, are rejoicing at the nomination of U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico to lead the Department of Interior.

Molly Haley / For The Hechinger Report

Between remote and hybrid classes, the pandemic has drastically altered education for high schoolers this fall and left many students and parents frustrated and dissatisfied. And those feelings could be having a major impact on how many students — particularly those from rural Maine — may choose to go on to college.

Northern Light Health

Maine is among states across the country that will receive fewer doses than expected of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine next week.

Maine Medical Center

Maine has more doses of the Pfizer vaccine than expected. According to the state CDC, hospitals have been able to extract at least one extra dose per vial. That means the state has about 20% more of a vaccine that’s in high demand and limited supply.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

In any other year, the storm that blasted through southern Maine on Thursday morning would have prompted a snow day in most school districts. Some did call off classes, but with thousands of students now being educated through “hybrid” and “remote” learning, some districts chose to go forward with online classes.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Skiers are back on the slopes of Rangeley’s Saddleback Mountain this week, marking a new era in the resort’s rocky history. Its new owner, a Boston-based venture fund with a social mission, says its investments will help stem economic decline in western Maine. Many in the region are hoping for the best, but not necessarily counting on it.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Saddleback Mountain’s slopes opened to the public Tuesday morning after a five-year hiatus.

MaineHealth

As COVID-19 vaccines begin to arrive in Maine, one challenge facing health care providers is storage. Pfizer’s vaccine must be kept refrigerated at -70 C. Health care organizations, state agencies and universities are working together to acquire enough ultracold freezers to hold and distribute tens of thousands of doses across the state.

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