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Details: Health. Vaccine. New 'Your Shot To Get Outdoors' initiative in Maine aims to incentivize getting vaccinated before summer season begins. L.L. Bean, the Portland Sea Dogs, and others are offering incentives to get Maine people vaccinated and engaged in outdoor activities. Featured.

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Maine eases COVID-19 capacity, physical distancing

Details: AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine's COVID-19 public health protocols will be eased on May 24, Gov. Janet Mills announced Thursday. In an update to the state's reopening plan, called the "Moving Maine Forward Plan," all public indoor and outdoor capacity limits will be …

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Mills to update Maine's public health protocols

Details: AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Janet Mills will hold a virtual press conference Thursday at 2 p.m. to announce an update to the state's public health …

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Vaccine milestone: 70% of Maine adults have gotten at

Details: “Maine continues to make nation-leading strides in getting shots into arms,” Maine Gov. Janet Mills said in a release Wednesday night. “Maine people, our medical professionals and volunteers across the state, the Maine National Guard, and our teams at the Department of Health and Human Services and the Maine CDC all deserve credit for this achievement.

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Portland's India Street Health Clinic to begin offering

Details: “Providing the COVID-19 vaccination aligns with Portland Public Health’s mission to promote health and protect the residents of Portland,” Portland Public Health director Bob Fowler said. “This is one spoke in the wheel in combating the COVID-19 pandemic and it is a vital one.”

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Where to get a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination in Maine

Details: Northern Light Health's vaccine clinic at the Maine Mall: Walk-in vaccinations will be available Wednesday, April 28, and Thursday, April 29, from 4-7 p.m. at their clinic located in the old Pier 1 site at the Maine Mall. Ages 16 and older.

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Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins presses US CDC at

Details: WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — At a Senate Health Committee hearing Tuesday, Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins pressed U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky on the CDC's COVID-19 guidance. "Dr. Walensky, I used to have the utmost respect for the guidance

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Maine lifts outdoor mask requirement newscentermaine.com

Details: Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew echoed that sentiment during the briefing and said the more people are vaccinated, the more the ability the state has to alter the public health protocols because the risk for transmission of COVID-19 is lower.

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Wabanaki health merger will expand public health for

Details: BANGOR, Maine — As the coronavirus pandemic continues into 2021, some good news is coming to Maine's Indigenous population. On Tuesday, it was announced Wabanaki Public Health and Wabanaki Health and Wellness will merge to form Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness (WPHW).

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How to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment in Maine

Details: Northern Light Health Mass Vaccination Site–Portland: Slated the open March 3. The center will be run by Northern Light Mercy Hospital in partnership with the City of Portland and the State. The center will over vaccinations to those age 70 and older. The Expo will be open for vaccine appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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Businesses can ask about COVID vaccinations and not

Details: 1 day ago · There are three different categories of covered entities, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). One group is health care providers, including doctors, clinics and pharmacies, that electronically transmit health information in connection with certain transactions, such as claims or benefit eligibility inquiries.

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LL Bean, Portland Sea Dogs part of Maine vaccination

Details: The public-private initiative, called “Your Shot to Get Outdoors”, is led by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and brings together the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, L.L.Bean, the Portland Sea Dogs, and Oxford Plains Speedway to offer incentives to get Maine people vaccinated and engaged in

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FEMA mobile COVID-19 vaccination unit tour extended in

Details: The MVU is staffed by FEMA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Public Health Service, and others, with support from state and local emergency medical services, local health care providers, and volunteers.

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Recognizing importance of home health care during COVID-19

Details: Home health care is becoming increasingly important, as hospitals are more tightly managing things like bed capacity and the health issues they are treating. Home health care workers say that their job provides people with the means to stay healthy in their own homes, clearing up space in hospitals -- a ramification that's integral to the fight

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18 Maine health centers getting $41M in federal funds

Details: "Health centers will be able to use the funds to support and expand COVID-19 vaccination, testing, and treatment for vulnerable populations; deliver needed preventive and primary health care services to those at higher risk for COVID-19; and expand health centers’ operational capacity during the pandemic and beyond, including modifying and improving physical infrastructure …

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US restores transgender health protections, reversing

Details: The action by the Department of Health and Human Services affirms that federal laws forbidding sex discrimination in health care also protect gay and transgender people. The Trump administration had defined “sex” to mean gender assigned at birth, thereby excluding transgender people from the law's umbrella of protection.

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1 million sign up for health care during special

Details: “Health care is a right, not a privilege — and ensuring that every single American has access to the quality, affordable health care they need is a national imperative,” he said in a statement. Biden has promised to build on President Barack Obama's Affordable Health Care Act to push the U.S. toward coverage for all.

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CDC data: U.S. COVID-19 death toll has not hit pandemic

Details: Volunteer Karen Cannon-Lane wipes her tears while listening to a song as dozens of hospital staff members gather for an event held to honor health care workers and those who lost loved ones to COVID-19, at Providence St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, Calif., Monday, May 10, 2021.

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Pfizer COVID vaccine gets US endorsement for kids 12 and

Details: WASHINGTON — U.S. health advisers endorsed use of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in kids as young as 12 on Wednesday — just as planned new guidelines say it's OK for people of any age to get a coronavirus shot at the same time as other needed …

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American Medical Association creates anti-racism plan

Details: All people deserve equitable health care and it has long been known that people of color ‘’do better when their health care is delivered by providers of color,’’ Harmon said. U.S. physicians are overwhelmingly white and AMA membership tends to reflect that. Most of …

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Maine behavioral care providers not getting needed COVID

Details: Although the providers, from Sweetser and Spurwink, which offers inpatient, outpatient and residential behavioral health services to 8,500 Mainers intellectual disabilities and autism each year, to smaller, regional providers such as Tri County Mental Health Services, have received other funding, including some from the federal government, the lack of CARES Act funding has left many frustrated

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Mental health resources for seniors in Maine

Details: WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — Over the last year, the pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of many people, including older Mainers. As part of NEWS CENTER Maine's new mission, Let's Talk About It, we are breaking through the stigma of mental health…

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CDC coronavirus vaccine card: What you need to know

Details: The health agency even encourages individuals to take a picture or make a photocopy of the card after the second dose appointment as a backup copy. Do not post pictures of the card on social media. The FBI in February warned against sharing too much information with friends and family on social media related to the vaccine cards.

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New CDC guidelines on fully vaccinated people and masking

Details: It is the first set of public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people. "Today, I think we've begun to describe what a world looks like when we move beyond COVID-19," said Andy Slavitt, Senior adviser to the White House COVID-19 Response Team.

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Maine cannabis caregiver Dawson Julia recovering from

Details: Health Condition improving for prominent medical cannabis caregiver. Dawson Julia remains in critical condition at a Florida hospital, following a horrific accident. Author: Vivien Leigh (NEWS CENTER Maine) Published: 6:24 PM EDT April 30, 2021 Updated: 6:24 PM EDT April 30, 2021 MAINE

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Walmart sales went up, essential workers had little

Details: Rebecca Reindel, the AFL-CIO's director of occupational safety and health, said the public-health response focused on "cheaper measures," such as masks and hand sanitizer, which shifted the burden of protection onto workers themselves. It is difficult to know the full extent of COVID-19 in Walmart stores. The company tracks, but does not

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Lee Goldberg: 'How could I possibly have cancer

Details: I remember saying these words to my doctor. That’s the funny thing about prostate cancer, it can be atypical when it comes to being diagnosed. At least that’s the case for me. If you Google symptoms of prostate cancer I don’t have most of them. No physical telltale signs of any kind, no family

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COVID-19, coronavirus highlights mental health struggles

Details: Highlighting mental health is an initiative the Maine Department of Health and Human Services is hoping to expand upon in Maine's biennial budget. Last year, the department received $4.7 million in federal funding that will last through at least July 2021 for its Strength in ME program.

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mRNA vaccine science explained in video newscentermaine.com

Details: Maine Health produced the above video to explain the science behind mRNA vaccines. There are three vaccines approved for use in the United States to fight COVID-19. Two are mRNA vaccines released by Moderna and Pfizer and one is a viral vector vaccine released by …

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Hospitals give doses of antidote to fight opioid crisis

Details: Denver Health was the first to come up with such a protocol a few years ago, followed by Swedish. In the last year or two, multiple hospitals across the state and four of Colorado's largest hospital systems have joined the initiative. A few more hospitals signed on this week. The hospitals involved so far handle more than 50% of emergency room

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Five health care bills go before lawmakers in Maine

Details: The five bills set out to establish an "office of affordable health care," monitor prescription drug prices and push for transparency on those costs, and create an insulin safety net program. "I can't even imagine what that must feel like to need medication and …

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American Cruise Lines to begin operations in Maine in May

Details: “Through our Health and Safety plan as well as the support from Maine CDC and CruiseMaine, we are able to cruise the majestic coast of Maine, with our guests providing a meaningful boost to the local economy. We are committed to keeping our guests, crew, and the communities we visit safe and are delighted to visit Maine in 2021.”

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Government mental health crisis teams to replace some

Details: Dispatching teams of emergency medical technicians and behavioral health practitioners would take mental health crisis calls out of the hands of uniformed and armed officers, whose mere arrival may ratchet up tensions. In Eugene, Oregon, such a strategy has been in place more than 30 years, with solid backing from police.

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Dealing with late stage Lyme can cause depression and

Details: Fortunately, Carleen reached out for help from a friend, who was a mental health provider. She started counseling on a regular basis. She finally found two different providers out of state, who took her health problems seriously.

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Worker killed by tree in Waterford, Maine

Details: WATERFORD, Maine — A 50-year-old Harrison man was killed by a falling tree while working in Waterford Wednesday afternoon, according to police. The Oxford County Sheriff’s Office said in a release that a crew from Searles Excavation of Harrison was clearing brush and falling trees in …

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Rachel Levine selected for key health role by Biden

Details: “Dr. Rachel Levine will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemic — no matter their zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability — and meet the public health needs of our country in this critical moment and beyond," Biden said in a statement.

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Fatal crash confirmed on I-95 in Waterville, Maine

Details: SIDNEY, Maine — A 60-year-old man from Vermont died in a crash on Interstate 95 in Sidney Wednesday afternoon, Department of Public Safety spokesperson Shannon Moss said in a release. According to Moss, Jack A. Davis of Sheffield, Vt., was traveling northbound on I-95 near the Waterville-Sidney

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Suicide prevention awareness during COVID-19's toll on

Details: In August, the CDC released a report about a study done earlier this summer that found from June 24-30, adults in the United States reported more mental health problems -- likely because of COVID-19. Research showed that 40 percent of respondents reported at least one adverse mental or behavioral health condition.

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Proposal in Maine to close Long Creek Youth Development

Details: "We can better use the funds to treat mental health problems and battle poverty," Al Cleveland with Maine Youth Justice said during the public hearing. Lookner agreed, and said now is the time to close Long Creek for good and reallocate the money.

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UPS drivers plan strike against company in Auburn

Details: AUBURN, Maine — United Parcel Service drivers represented by the Teamsters union held an informational picket in Maine. Brett Miller, president of Local 340, said the 80 to 100 delivery truck drivers based in Auburn are tired of being overworked during …

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The silent assault on healthcare workers in Maine

Details: And An Act to Protect the Safety of Healthcare Workers stating, a person is guilty of assault on a health care practitioner or hospital employee or 6 contractor if that person intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to a 7 health care practitioner while that health care practitioner is providing medical care or to 8 a hospital employee or person working for a hospital on a

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How to apply for the 2021 Maine moose hunt lottery

Details: BANGOR, Maine — The window is closing soon for Maine hunters who want to apply for a chance to bag a moose. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is taking online applications to participate in the moose permit lottery until May 13.According to The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website, the department no longer accepts paper applications, so people …

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Groundbreaking studies on 'forever chemicals' ramping up

Details: Federal health experts hope to recruit 1,000 adults and 350 children. So far, a little more than 500 adults and 92 kids have signed up. About 200 …

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Four Maine health care workers flying to Super Bowl LV on

Details: Cathy Bean, Manager of Clinical and Community Health Services Northern Light Home Care & Hospice: Cathy Bean, who was recently honored by the Home Care & Hospice Alliance of Maine with its Distinguished Service Award, has been on the frontlines, helping to take care of Maine’s most vulnerable and underserved. For more than a decade, she has

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Salmonella outbreak linked to 211,000 pounds of turkey

Details: Check your freezers, as the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a warning regarding over 200,000 pounds of ground turkey linked to Salmonella Hadar, that you may have purchased months ago and have kept frozen. The FSIS posted a public health alert later on Saturday night warning that

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Bangor apartment buildings a total loss after fire

Details: BANGOR, Maine — Investigators were back Tuesday at the scene of two homes destroyed by fire on Center Street Ave in Bangor Monday night. Bangor Fire investigators and Maine Fire Marshals combed through the two buildings which contained six apartments looking for a cause Tuesday. The two Bangor

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Israel, Gaza tension increases with airstrikes, deaths

Details: The Health Ministry said 10 children and a woman were also killed. Netanyahu said Israel had attacked hundreds of targets. The fiercest attack was a set of airstrikes that brought down an entire 12-story building. The building housed important Hamas offices, as well as a gym and some start-up businesses. Israel fired a series of warning shots

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Schools impacted by lack of mental health counselors

Details: BIDDEFORD, Maine — Mental health counselors play an important role at Biddeford Public Schools. "It's hard to focus on math and reading when you have other things on your mind," said Kelsey Langill, student service and truancy coordinator at Biddeford Intermediate School.

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