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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.

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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.

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The Hannaford supermarket chain says it is gearing up to participate in Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control is reporting an increase of 590 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. Seven more people have died with the disease.

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The director of the Maine CDC says he expects the state’s case numbers of COVID-19 to rise following the Christmas holiday.

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Four more Mainers have died with COVID-19, and the state CDC has added 333 cases on Sunday.

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Two deaths related to COVID-19 were reported on Christmas Day. The Maine CDC also added 321 cases of the disease to the state's total.

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Six more Mainers have died with COVID-19, and the state CDC has added additional 735 cases on Thursday.

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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.

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A health worker at Maine Medical Center experienced an anaphylactic reaction after receiving the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

On a day when Maine has set another record for new daily cases of COVID-19, Dr. James Jarvis of Northern Light Health is urging people to take precautions to help get the virus under control.

“And doing the things that you’ve heard us talk about for 10 months now. That’s the best way until we can vaccinate the majority of the population,” he says, a process which will take month.

Jarvis says the earliest estimate for when enough people are vaccinated to put a dent in the spread of the virus is June.

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The Maine CDC reported 748 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday — another record. But CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah says that the number isn’t as alarming as it seems.

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Frontline staff at Rumford Hospital are getting the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday.

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The Maine CDC reported 10 additional deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total number to 303.