Health and health care news

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.

State agencies have distributed more than 4,000 rapid COVID-19 tests to schools as part of a partnership to assist with testing symptomatic students and staff.

Central Maine Healthcare

The first doses of the new Moderna vaccine have arrived in the state.

“The state of Maine anticipates receiving 24,200 doses of this Moderna vaccine for use in health care settings and by first responders all across the state,” says Maine CDC’s director, Dr. Nirav Shah.

Maine CDC director Dr. Nirav Shah says he’s glad the four-star Army general overseeing the mass distribution of coronavirus vaccine is taking responsibility for shipment reductions that have delayed vaccinations for some residents and staff at long-term care facilities.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

The Maine CDC added 207 additional cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. No new deaths were reported.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

The Maine CDC has reported eleven more deaths related to COVID-19 on Saturday.

Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln says it has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and is now much more financially viable.

Cumberland County has joined three other regions of Maine that are designated “yellow” as part of the state’s color-coded health advisory system for schools.

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.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

A new outbreak of COVID-19 at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center has resulted in more than 30 cases of the disease.

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.

Gabe Souza / Portland Press Herald via AP/Pool

Bishop Robert Deeley of the Diocese of Portland has said that people should receive the new coronavirus vaccine as a means of keeping each other safe when it becomes available.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Nine more Mainers have died with COVID-19 on Thursday. The Maine CDC also added 590 cases of the disease — the 2nd consecutive day of record-breaking cases.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

The rollout of Maine’s first COVID-19 vaccinations for high risk health workers gained momentum today. About half a dozen hospitals are now running clinics, and by midday, the state CDC reported that close to 500 health care workers had received their first dose.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

The Maine CDC is reporting 551 additional cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

As the state mobilizes for an unprecedented immunization effort against COVID-19, the University of New England is preparing to train more than 100 pharmacists, technicians and pharmacy interns to administer the vaccine.