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Maine health officials: Hospitals stretched thin
(7 days ago) 1 day ago · Public health leaders worry that spike could also lead to more people going to the hospital with the virus, stretching hospital staff and resources even more. In #maine #COVID19 patients in hospitals are surging. @doraannemills tells me some patients are being treated in HALLWAYS bc of a lack of rooms in EDs.
How COVID vaccines have affected Mainers' mental …
(8 days ago) 4 hours ago · "The constant worry about the health and safety of the people we love and ourselves has been incredibly taxing, saturating our bloodstream with chemicals that become toxic when the nervous system is constantly going off," Cira said. "So when someone becomes vaccinated and believes (as the data shows) that they now don’t have to worry about …
Maine CDC briefing: December, 1, 2021 …
(2 days ago) 2 hours ago · AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine's Center for Disease Control and Department of Health and Human Services leaders said we need more data to know the severity and impact of the omicron variant of COVID-19 in Wednesday's briefing. The first confirmed case of the variant is in California, and Maine is actively
3 things to know about the omicron COVID variant
(4 days ago) 2 days ago · Health Three things to know about the omicron COVID variant. Bates College Professor of Biology Lori Banks said omicron is likely more infectious because it connects to cells in a different way. Author: Hannah Dineen (NEWS CENTER Maine) Published: 6:02 PM EST November 29, 2021
Biden vaccine mandate against health workers blocked by
(4 days ago) 1 day ago · The court order against the health care vaccine mandate comes after Biden's administration suffered a similar setback for a broader policy. A federal court previously placed a hold on a separate rule requiring businesses with more than 100 employees to ensure their workers get vaccinated or else wear masks and get tested weekly for the coronavirus.
Portland woman raises awareness of mental health …
(2 days ago) 1 day ago · PORTLAND, Maine — Depersonalization-derealization disorder is a mental health condition often linked to trauma, especially in childhood. While statistics indicate it affects a very small percentage of the population, some experts say it may be more common because research is so limited about the condition. Jen Hoffer experienced family trauma
VERIFY: No, your kid cannot get vaccinated at school
(4 days ago) 2 days ago · We are proud of Maine schools, who have worked tirelessly for nearly two years to provide for safe, in-person learning for their students, and who have partnered with local health providers to ensure there is equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine for all families who wish to have their student receive it.
US lifts foreign travel restrictions, but not for all
(3 days ago) For some public health experts, that raises ethical questions about the policy. “The concern is not limiting access based on vaccination status,” said Nancy Kass, deputy director of public health in the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University.
Climb New York City's 30 Hudson Yards skyscraper, hang …
(4 days ago) Climb guide Jason Johnson leans off the edge at the top of City Climb, a new attraction at 30 Hudson Yards in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) Then, she leaned back, arms stretched out, hanging over the city as a cable tether kept her from falling to the streets below. “Put your heels on the edge, bend your knees, and
COVID-19 vaccines can’t cause new variants, including
(6 days ago) 1 day ago · Omicron, a SARS-CoV-2 variant also known as the B.1.1.529 variant, was reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) from South Africa on Nov. 24. It was discovered amidst an increase in infections. In the days following the announcement of the new variant, screenshots of an article from Techniajz
Biden vaccine mandate on health workers blocked by judge
(4 days ago) A federal district court judge in Louisiana has ordered a preliminary injunction against the start of President Joe Biden's mandate that health care workers become fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The lawsuit was brought by 14 states -- Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky
Biden HIV/AIDS strategy sees racism as 'public health
(3 days ago) The Biden administration in its new HIV/AIDS strategy calls racism "a public health threat" that must be fully recognized as the world looks to end the epidemic. The strategy released Wednesday on the annual commemoration of World AIDS Day is meant to serve as a framework for how the administration
State leaders meet to discuss the mental health crisis in
(7 days ago) 10 hours ago · AUGUSTA, Maine — State leaders came together Tuesday at a summit focused on Maine's mental health crisis. Law enforcement, health care workers, and experts in mental health say resources are lacking for people to get treatment, and that keeps them in hospitals or county jails, neither of which can provide appropriate treatment.
Beal University expands nursing program to western Maine
(3 days ago) 2 hours ago · That was one reason why Beal made the decision to expand westward. The current state of COVID is affecting every hospital in Maine, according to public health officials like Dr. Dora Mills of Maine Health and Dr. Nirav Shah of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. So, those rural hospitals need staffing help too.
Omicron variant’s origins unknown; South Africa reported
(5 days ago) 2 days ago · Now that scientists from South Africa have shared the variant’s genome with global health officials, other countries are able to identify the virus with tests and in past samples of the virus. The WHO is recommending countries investigate these past samples to find out where omicron may already be present in the community.
Maine organizations to observe World AIDS Day
(Just Now) 10 hours ago · In 2020, nearly 38 million people were living with HIV across the world, according to the World Health Organization.This includes 1,600 Maine residents. In 2019, Governor Janet Mills released a statement stating a total of 29 new cases of HIV were reported in Maine.
Mainers return from Thanksgiving gatherings as COVID-19
(6 days ago) MAINE, USA — Maine roads were busy Sunday as thousands of people returned home to the Pine Tree State after a long weekend break for Thanksgiving. This comes as the state continues to see increasing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and health officials are urging caution. "You know with people
Omicron variant: Canada reports first cases
(9 days ago) The Dutch public health authority confirmed that 13 people who arrived from South Africa on Friday have so far tested positive for omicron. They were among 61 people who tested positive for the virus after arriving on the last two flights to Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport before a flight ban was implemented.
Why omicron variant skipped 'nu' and xi' in Greek alphabet
(6 days ago) The name of a newly identified variant of the coronavirus has had some social media users scratching their heads about the World Health Organization’s system for labeling certain versions of the virus. The WHO chose on Friday to dub the variant, first reported to the agency by scientists in South Africa, “omicron” — continuing its use of the Greek alphabet for …
Maine's pandemic-high number of people in hospital with
(9 days ago) PORTLAND, Maine — The latest data from Maine's CDC show a record-high number of people in hospitals across the state with COVID-19. Three hundred twenty-seven people are in hospital beds with the virus, a pandemic high. One hundred eight are in critical care, and 39 are on a ventilator. The state
Maine organizations to commemorate World AIDS Day
(9 days ago) 11 hours ago · Health Equity Alliance in Bangor and the Frannie Peabody Center in Portland will each hold public events to commemorate World AIDS Day. Author: newscentermaine.com Published: 10:18 AM EST December 1, 2021 Updated: 10:18 AM EST December 1, 2021 Jobs at WCSH; Jobs at WLBZ
Greece fining residents not vaccinated for COVID-19
(8 days ago) 1 day ago · Greece’s overall COVID-19 death toll exceeded 18,000 this week with confirmed new infections at high levels. Roughly a quarter of the country’s adult population remains unvaccinated. Vaccination mandates were introduced over the summer for health care workers and fire service rescuers in Greece, with those failing to comply being suspended
Results of Maine CDC HIP health inspections now available
(3 days ago) Updated: 11:12 AM EDT November 3, 2021. AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday that health inspection results are now available through a webpage. The portal is available on the Health Inspection Program website. According to a release from Maine CDC, the public can now view inspection
COVID boosters open for all US adults after FDA, CDC
(6 days ago) The Biden administration had originally planned on boosters for all adults but until now, U.S. health authorities — backed by their scientific advisers — had questioned the need for such a widespread campaign. Instead, they first endorsed Pfizer or Moderna boosters only for vulnerable groups such as older Americans or those at high risk of
Maine's health insurance marketplace open for enrollment
(1 days ago) MAINE, USA — Health care advocates are encouraging Maine's congressional delegation to support the Biden Administration's Build Back Better plan. Maine has started its own health insurance marketplace, but some say this won't matter if low-income Mainers lose tax credits for health insurance
Maine blood donations at a decade low newscentermaine.com
(9 days ago) Health Maine blood donations at a 10-year low. There is a critical need for blood donations right now, according to the American Red Cross. Author: Hannah Dineen (NEWS CENTER Maine) Published: 1:18 PM EDT November 6, 2021 Updated: 6:22 PM EST November 9, 2021 MAINE, Maine — The American Red Cross is urging those who can donate blood to …
Omicron variant: What are all the COVID-19 variants
(8 days ago) South African scientists identified a new version of the coronavirus this week that they say is behind a recent spike in COVID-19 infections in the country's most populous province. In a statement on Friday, the World Health Organization designated it as a “variant of concern,” naming it “omicron” after a letter in the Greek alphabet.
Maine's health care worker COVID-19 vaccination rates top
(8 days ago) PORTLAND, Maine — Maine's largest hospital systems have reported their final tallies of the percentage of staff who followed the statewide COVID-19 vaccination mandate. Northern Light Health: 98.11% have gotten the shot. A spokesperson said 195 people resigned, and an additional 191 employees who
Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine approved for kids 5-11 in EU
(9 days ago) Pfizer tested a dose that is a third of the amount given to adults for elementary school-age children. Even with the smaller shot, children who are 5 to 11 years old developed coronavirus-fighting antibody levels just as strong as teenagers and young adults getting the regular-strength shots, Dr. Bill Gruber, a Pfizer senior vice president, told The Associated …
Patients dropped after mental health providers claim
(6 days ago) PORTLAND, Maine — Multiple mental health providers, including psychiatrists and licensed social workers in Maine, say Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has drastically reduced payments for office visits for months. Down coding is when the value and code of a claim are reduced when the documentation does not support the level of service billed
Enforcement of Mills' health care vaccine mandate begins
(9 days ago) The Maine vaccine mandate put in place by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills requires hospital and nursing home workers to get vaccinated or risk losing their jobs. The state is set to begin enforcing the mandate Friday. Andy Mueller, CEO of MaineHealth, has said he expects to lose 1.5% to 2% of staff systemwide but that those losses will be offset by
Environmental Working Group updates tap water database
(8 days ago) While the state's nearly 400 water utilities comply with federal health-based standards, these experts say that doesn't necessarily mean your drinking water is safe. Tasha Stoiber is a scientist with the Environmental Working Group , a national nonprofit which just updated its Tap Water Database Report .
COVID vaccine mandate: 5th Circuit upholds stay of Biden
(6 days ago) Updated: 11:38 PM EST November 12, 2021. A U.S. appeals court has upheld its ruling to place a halt on President Joe Biden's vaccine-or-test mandate for large U.S. employers. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals called it "staggeringly overbroad." The court, based in New Orleans, issued a stay last weekend of the mandate that will require companies
COVID vaccine booster could be available for 40 and older
(7 days ago) The Pfizer booster, approved last month, was mostly limited to people 65 and older, nursing home residents, people 50 to 64 with chronic health problems once they are six months past their last Pfizer dose and people in jobs or living conditions that put them at higher risk, such as health care workers and teachers.
Children's mental health is declared a national emergency
(3 days ago) Last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics declared a national emergency in children’s mental health, citing the pandemic. The CDC found that between March and October of 2020, ER visits for mental health emergencies rose 24 percent in children ages 5-11 and 31 percent in kids 12 and older. 10 Tampa Bay explored the mental health
Who's most likely to not get a COVID-19 vaccine
(1 days ago) Personal choice was a big point for Republicans. Ninety-six percent of unvaccinated Republicans said getting the jab is a personal choice vs. 3% who said it's everyone's responsibility to protect the health of others. For vaccinated Republicans, it was 73% personal choice vs. 26% responsibility.
FDA could approve pill to treat COVID-19 next month
(1 days ago) Dr. Dora Mills is the chief health improvement officer for MaineHealth. The new "tool" is an antiviral pill, Molnupiravir. Developed by drug maker Merck, the oral dose includes four 200 milligram capsules taken twice a day for five days after a patient is diagnosed with COVID.
Closing arguments in Rittenhouse case raise mental health
(8 days ago) The jury did not hear that Rosenbaum had been in a mental health ward following a suicide attempt. Phil Turner, a former federal prosecutor who is now in private practice and who isn't involved in the Rittenhouse case, believes the testimony about Rosenbaum’s mental illness was “very important to the self-defense argument” and therefore
Maine DHHS, DOE launch video contest to promote
(1 days ago) MAINE, USA — The Maine Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with the Maine Department of Education, has launched a new video competition for Maine children to encourage COVID-19 vaccination, following federal recommendation of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. Maine DHHS and DOE said in a release that Maine …
Maine health care systems, school districts prepare to
(7 days ago) Health care providers in Maine are preparing for when it gets approved. "We're planning on going back into the schools sometime later this fall, hopefully around Halloween or so, just as we did in the spring," MaineHealth Chief Health Improvement Officer Dr. Dora Mills said.
Moderna, J&J vaccine boosters OK'd by CDC panel
(1 days ago) That includes health care workers, teachers and people in jails or homeless shelters. Moderna's booster will come at half the dose of the original two shots. As for recipients of the single-shot J&J vaccine, a COVID-19 booster is recommended for everyone at least two months after their vaccination.
US schools using aid money to focus on mental health
(2 days ago) The Kansas City, Kansas, school system is using some of the $918,000 in relief money dedicated to mental health to pay social workers and counselors already on staff to work at the new after-school clinic. The district also has added staff and mental health screenings. Angela Dunn, who leads the 22,000-student district's mental health and
Mast Landing School moves to remote learning amid COVID-19
(9 days ago) Updated: 3:55 PM EST November 15, 2021. FREEPORT, Maine — Mast Landing School in Freeport will shift to remote learning next week after eight new cases of COVID-19 were reported. The school's superintendent, Becky Foley, made the announcement in an email and on the school website Saturday night. According to Foley, the district has seen 20
Statewide initiative provides more options for substance
(5 days ago) Working out of an office inside Oxford County Mental Health Services, Glenn Gordon checks messages and looks over his supply of overdose-reversing medication naloxone. Gordon is a certified alcohol and drug counselor for the Overdose Prevention Through Intensive Outreach Naloxone and Safety, or Options program .
Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan includes health care
(1 days ago) Mills said her administration is pursuing tuition support programs for health care professionals. The programs will provide financial support, through scholarships and student loan relief, for example, to allow more people to become doctors, nurses, behavioral health specialists, long term care professionals, and others starting at the end of this year.