Health

  • First Hancock County coronavirus case reported

    ELLSWORTH — Coronavirus has reached Hancock County. During his daily briefing Thursday morning, Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said one case of coronavirus has been recorded in Hancock County. The total number of cases has reached 52, with 40 confirmed and 10 presumptive positives, which are positive

  • Recognizing the symptoms of coronavirus

    ELLSWORTH — Fever. Cough. Shortness of breath. If you develop these symptoms and you think you’ve been exposed to the coronavirus, you should contact your doctor. Anyone experiencing difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion or bluish lips should seek immediate medical attention, according to information provided on the U.S. Centers for

  • Hospitals to set up offsite testing

    Hospitals to set up offsite testing

    ELLSWORTH — Administrators at hospitals in Ellsworth and Blue Hill and across the Northern Light system will set up offsite testing areas, restrict visitors and postpone elective surgeries, adult wellness visits and other checkups in an effort to free up staff time and space for anticipated coronavirus patients. “There are no longer visiting hours,” said

  • Maine coronavirus  cases reach 42

    Maine coronavirus cases reach 42

    ELLSWORTH — As the number of coronavirus cases rises, state officials are urging Mainers not to panic. “Panic is paralytic,” Dr. Nirav D. Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said during his Tuesday morning briefing. “It can cloud your mind and prompt you to focus on things that right now

  • CDC reports increase in number of coronavirus cases

    ELLSWORTH — The number of coronavirus cases in Maine jumped substantially overnight. At a news conference in Augusta Monday morning, March 16, Dr. Nirav D. Shah, director of the Maine Centers for Disease Control, said the number of confirmed positive and presumptive positive cases had risen from 12 to 17 since the last update, given

  • Schools shut down across the county

    Schools shut down across the county

    ELLSWORTH — Schools around Hancock County and the state announced closures this week as the number of cases of coronavirus in Maine continued to tick upward. Cases so far include a student at Cape Elizabeth Middle School in southern Maine who tested positive. The Mount Desert Island Regional School System, which includes nine schools from

  • Mills declares state of emergency as coronavirus cases rise

    Mills declares state of emergency as coronavirus cases rise

    ELLSWORTH — On Sunday, Governor Janet Mills announced she had signed a civil emergency proclamation in response to the rise in coronavirus cases in Maine. As of Sunday, there were seven confirmed cases in Maine with another five presumed positive. Dr. Nirav D. Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said

  • Ellsworth schools to close; City Council holds emergency meeting to discuss coronavirus

    Ellsworth schools to close; City Council holds emergency meeting to discuss coronavirus

    ELLSWORTH — Partway through the Ellsworth City Council’s emergency meeting Sunday the primary question of the day was answered: Ellsworth schools will be closing at the end of the day Monday. The news came via a parent in the audience who received a digital communication from school Superintendent Dan Higgins. “Based on continued monitoring of

  • Hancock County schools to close; court trials postponed

    Hancock County schools to close; court trials postponed

    ELLSWORTH — Citing “extraordinary times” in the wake of the novel coronavirus, Regional School Unit 24 Superintendent Michael Eastman has announced the district’s schools will close for three weeks starting Monday, March 16. Mount Desert Island Regional School System (AOS 91) made a similar decision Friday. In a letter to parents, Superintendent Marc Gousse announced

  • Hospitals prep for possible outbreak

    Hospitals prep for possible outbreak

    ELLSWORTH — Coronavirus (officially named COVID-19) hasn’t arrived in Maine yet, but staff and administrators at local hospitals, nursing homes and stores are preparing in earnest for when it does. “The infection preventionists have been working on this for several weeks,” said Kathy Knight, a registered nurse and director of the Center for Emergency Preparedness

  • Downeast births

    Downeast births

    At Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor A daughter, Avery Marie Klaver, was born Feb. 1 to Paige and Elliott Klaver of Bass Harbor. A daughter, Lily Pettegrow, was born Feb. 10 to Abbe Pettegrow of Southwest Harbor. A daughter, Rose Parker, was born Feb. 18 to Sophia Spiker and Nathan Parker of West