Patty Wight

News Producer

Patty is a graduate of the University of Vermont and a multiple award-winning reporter for Maine Public Radio. Her specialty is health coverage: from policy stories to patient stories, physical health to mental health and anything in between. Patty joined Maine Public Radio in 2012 after producing stories as a freelancer for NPR programs such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered. She got hooked on radio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine, and hasn’t looked back ever since.

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Five more Mainers with COVID-19 have died, and the state Center for Disease Control added another 252 cases of the disease on Wednesday.

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The Portland Sea Dogs announced Tuesday that it has been given state approval for its reopening plans.

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Even as the number of clinics that offer the COVID-19 vaccine has grown, some Mainers still face challenges getting access. Sometimes the barrier is no internet connection. Sometimes it’s finding a ride. And for some communities, it’s miles of ocean.

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MaineHealth Care at Home has begun vaccinating homebound patients against COVID-19.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

Thousands of people in Maine are getting a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine every day, most at mass vaccination sites. But these large clinics don’t work for everyone — especially those in rural areas.

REBECCA CONLEY / Maine Public

Residents of Maine's correctional facilities who are 60 or older will start getting coronavirus vaccines next week after logistical and supply challenges prevented an earlier rollout, the state corrections department announced on Tuesday. 

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

The Maine Center for Disease Control is pointing to signs of a possible COVID-19 uptick in the state — the number of hospitalizations and the state’s positivity rate have both crept upward over the last two weeks, or about one incubation period.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had staggering effects on long-term care facilities this past year. They have accounted for about 10 percent of all coronavirus cases in Maine, but nearly 60 percent of all deaths. 

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Maine set a new daily record Wednesday for the number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in the state, delivering more than 17,000 doses into people's arms that day. 

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Northern Light Health says it reached a milestone on COVID-19 vaccinations on Tuesday.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

InterMed is working with the Department of Education to redirect COVID-19 vaccine appointments to eligible school staff after a registration link to a one-day clinic was inappropriately shared.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Teachers and school staff members in Maine are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine following a directive from President Joe Biden this week.

The pace of COVID-19 vaccinations in Maine is slipping.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

The South African COVID-19 variant has been detected in Maine.

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Wednesday is the first day that people 60 and older in Maine are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. And many are receiving doses at the Cross Insurance Center clinic in Bangor, says Dr. James Jarvis of Northern Light Health.

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