Health

  • COVID-19 cases  reported at  area hospitals

    COVID-19 cases reported at area hospitals

    ELLSWORTH — Patients at Northern Light Blue Hill and Mount Desert Island hospitals have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. “I can confirm we have admitted a patient who had tested positive for COVID-19 at Blue Hill Hospital yesterday,” said hospital spokeswoman Kelley Columber on Wednesday morning. Columber declined to

  • Coronavirus case reported in Blue Hill

    Coronavirus case reported in Blue Hill

    BLUE HILL — This tiny, seaside village was hit with its first reported case of coronavirus on Tuesday, according to hospital officials. “I can confirm we have admitted a patient who had tested positive for COVID-19 at Blue Hill Hospital yesterday,” said hospital spokeswoman Kelley Columber on Wednesday morning. Columber declined to give any more

  • Mainers ordered to stay home

    AUGUSTA — Mainers joined the rest of New England and more than a billion others around the world as Governor Janet Mills announced in a press conference on Tuesday that she would order residents to “stay healthy at home” beginning at 12:01 a.m. Thursday in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus. The news

  • Statewide coronavirus cases up to 275

    Statewide coronavirus cases up to 275

    ELLSWORTH — The number of cases of confirmed coronavirus cases in Maine has risen to 275, up 22 compared to Sunday, Dr. Nirav Shah of the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced at a briefing in Augusta on Monday morning. “That is a snapshot of a very fast-moving train — a train

  • Jackson Lab chief to address COVID-19 in online talk

    ELLSWORTH — The Jackson Laboratory and the Ellsworth Public Library are collaborating to present an online program for the local community titled “From SARS to COVID-19: My Life With Pandemic Response” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31. Jackson Lab President and CEO Edison Liu, who previously led the scientific response for the city-state of

  • State reports first coronavirus death; cases up to 168

    State reports first coronavirus death; cases up to 168

    AUGUSTA — A man in his 80s from Cumberland became the first person in Maine known to have died who tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Friday, shortly before a scheduled press conference. “It’s a sad day,” said Governor Janet Mills, who joined CDC

  • Jackson Lab boosts virus testing capacity

    Jackson Lab boosts virus testing capacity

    FARMINGTON, Conn. — “This is a team effort,” said Governor Ned Lamont, speaking at a press conference March 19 at The Jackson Laboratory Center for Genomic Medicine, of his state’s response to the pandemic emergency. “And our health care system, the hospitals, biosciences, you’re the quarterback of this team.”  The Center for Genomic Medicine, a state-accredited clinical diagnostic laboratory,

  • EFD gets a new ally in fighting cancer

    EFD gets a new ally in fighting cancer

    ELLSWORTH — Firefighters face a lot of risks in their profession, but it turns out that the deadliest enemy for firefighters isn’t fire. It’s cancer, which caused 61 percent of career firefighter deaths in the line of duty between January 2002 and March 2017, according to the International Association of Firefighters. But the Ellsworth Fire

  • Seasonal residents retreat to Maine ahead of schedule

    Seasonal residents retreat to Maine ahead of schedule

    DEER ISLE — The spring months always bring an influx of seasonal residents to Hancock County. This year, those residents are arriving earlier than usual. With the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continuing to rise and places throughout the country issuing citywide or even statewide lockdowns, many seasonal residents have been looking to the less-clustered

  • Nonessential businesses ordered to close to public

    Nonessential businesses ordered to close to public

    AUGUSTA — Governor Janet Mills announced new restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, ordering nonessential businesses to close their public-accessible physical locations and sites where workers cannot be safely distanced from one other. The order effectively mandates what had previously been a recommendation. “Do not go to the store because it feels like

  • State coronavirus cases up 107

    State coronavirus cases up 107

    AUGUSTA — The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Maine rose to 107 on Monday, an increase of 18 since Sunday. Twelve patients were hospitalized and the state has conducted 2,791 tests, according to a briefing by Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Shah urged patience

  • Downeast births

    Downeast births

    At Northern Light Maine Coast in Ellsworth A son, Simon Michael, was born Feb. 9 to Saysha and Daniel Stewart of Ellsworth. A son, Elliott Matthew, was born Feb. 14 to Heidi and William Shepard of Stonington. A daughter, Lucy Jeanne, was born Feb. 23 to Elise and Louis Schellhase. A daughter, Emerson Bay, was