Health

  • Gouldsboro woman mourning daughter’s death from COVID-19

    Gouldsboro woman mourning daughter’s death from COVID-19

    ELLSWORTH — Robin Margaret Thayer loved lobster, butterflies and the color purple. She loved Christmas and birthdays, visiting Gouldsboro from her home in Buxton and making jewelry. Robin was funny, “a kind of comedian,” said her mother, Cynthia Thayer, who runs Darthia Farm in Gouldsboro. “She had a lovely smile, loved to talk to people

  • Walk for Life postponed

    ELLSWORTH — The Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center’s largest annual fundraising event, The Walk For Life in both Ellsworth and Addison, normally held in late May, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers anticipate holding the walking in September or October. This year marks the 20th Walk For Life in Addison, and

  • Hancock County COVID-19 case rate is fourth lowest in the state

    Hancock County COVID-19 case rate is fourth lowest in the state

    ELLSWORTH — The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Hancock County rose to 11 this week, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a case rate of 2 per 10,000 residents, the fourth lowest in the state. Cumberland County had the highest case rate, at 29.4 confirmed cases per 10,000

  • Hospital’s food service staff step up for hungry co-workers

    BLUE HILL — A trip to the grocery store can be stressful right now. The masks, new behavioral rules and contagion anxiety can be tough to manage. With that in mind, the nutritional services team at Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital has made some changes during the COVID-19 response to help prevent co-workers from having

  • Lab receives cancer center grant

    Lab receives cancer center grant

    BAR HARBOR — The Jackson Laboratory last week announced that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has renewed the lab’s Cancer Center Support Grant for the 34th year. As one of only seven basic research centers with this distinction in the United States, and the only NCI-designated center headquartered in Maine, the lab was recognized for

  • Relay for Life goes digital

    Relay for Life goes digital

    ELLSWORTH — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, previously scheduled Relay for Life events across Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire through June have been suspended. Instead, a virtual online experience called Hope from Home will be held June 7. Participants should register for their local event at http://RelayForLife.org and then on June 7 join the activities

  • Mask order draws a mixed response

    Mask order draws a mixed response

    ELLSWORTH — When we speak, breathe, shout, laugh, sing, sneeze or cough, saliva or mucus droplets — as fine as an aerosol mist — are released and can linger in the air for up to half an hour. These minute drops, containing viral particles, can land on someone’s nose, mouth or eyes and infect them

  • Cancer patients fight back with food

    Cancer patients fight back with food

    ELLSWORTH — If there’s a silver lining to undergoing chemo or radiation treatment it might be this: milkshakes are encouraged. “We try to get as much calories and protein per swallow, basically, as we can get into people,” said Donna Walsh, an oncology nutrition specialist who works at the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care

  • Down East Family YMCA prepping to reopen in June

    Down East Family YMCA prepping to reopen in June

    ELLSWORTH — Like many organizations, the Down East Family YMCA has had a challenging spring due to the novel coronavirus. Fortunately for one of Hancock County’s largest institutions, a restart is on the horizon. After the unveiling of Governor Janet Mills’ reopening plan last Tuesday, the YMCA is set to resume operations June 1. It

  • How useful are antibody tests?

    ELLSWORTH — It’s a question most of us would likely have never imagined asking a few months ago, but one that’s been on the minds of many in recent weeks: If a test is available to look for antibodies against the virus that causes COVID-19, should I get one? You could, but at the moment