Health

  • Well-water testing available in Trenton

    Trenton residents may have access to free well-water testing thanks to a grant from Defend Our Health. The grant comes after well-water testing done at the Trenton Elementary School in 2017 found levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, which belong to a group of man-made chemicals commonly called PFAS.

  • Needle exchange to launch Feb. 25

    A needle exchange is slated to begin operating at St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church in Deer Isle starting Feb. 25. The Opiate-Free Island Partnership received a certificate to operate the exchange from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday, according to partnership co-chairman Charlie Osborn.

  • COVID-19 variants explained

    COVID-19 variants explained

    Mutations in SARS-CoV-2 are generating viral variants that change the properties of the virus and affect the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the implications are still not entirely clear, preliminary studies indicate that, at the very least, a mutation common to three new variants of concern appears to increase transmission efficiency.

  • Downeast births

    At Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital in Ellsworth A son, William Wixon, was born Jan. 9 to Megan Wixon and Eric Doherty of Surry. A son, Maverick James Alexzander, was born Jan. 11 to Mary Dyer and Deven Olsen of Deer Isle. A daughter, Hannah Lynn, was born Jan. 13 to Sarah and Robert Skillman

  • Vaccination demand far exceeds availability

    Vaccination demand far exceeds availability

    ELLSWORTH — COVID-19 vaccine doses are arriving weekly and more residents are able to register for and receive their first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, but Maine is still in its early days in vaccinating all residents who are able and willing to receive the vaccine. Just administering doses to the 193,000 residents who

  • Downeast births

    At Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital in Ellsworth A daughter, Emelyn Grace, was born Oct. 1 to Cindy Gierke and Bret Ryan of Sedgwick. A son, Jaxston Warren, was born Oct. 1 to Audrae Kelton and Matthew Curtis of Ellsworth. A son, Raiden Charles, was born Oct. 2 to Katelin and David Richards of Gouldsboro.

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