Health

  • Vaccine euphoria and vaccine reluctance: Who’s getting the shot?

    Vaccine euphoria and vaccine reluctance: Who’s getting the shot?

    “I am 71 years old, and I want to live a long, full life,” Johannson said. And despite a strong reaction to her second Moderna shot, once she recovered, “there was just a new sense of freedom,” she said. “I could go places. And [I felt] a certain satisfaction that I’d done the right thing for myself and the people around me.”

  • Ambulance contract has city “over a barrel”

    Ambulance contract has city “over a barrel”

    The agreement would start on July 1, 2021, and run through June 30, 2024, and cost the city about $56,000 the first year. That $7 per capita rate, based on 2010 census numbers, will rise to $9.54 per capita the second year and, for the third year, an additional 3 percent. For the second and third year, the 2020 census numbers will likely be used, for a third-year cost in the $80,000 to $90,000 range, Moshier said.

  • City ambulance service discussed

    City ambulance service discussed

    Council Chairman Dale Hamilton suggested a future discussion on using the $400,000 the city will receive this year from the American Rescue Plan Act to purchase and outfit an ambulance for a city-owned EMS unit. Hamilton pointed to rising costs from the service agreement with Northern Light, which will charge the city $56,000 for the first year based on $7 per capita, and the additional personnel needed as incentive to explore a city-run service.

  • Tulip Project seeks to “smash the stigma”

    Tulip Project seeks to “smash the stigma”

    “General anxiety disorder runs in my family, so that’s an issue for me. And for me and my peers, it’s been a hard year for everybody,” she said, then added, “I feel these issues have always been here, and this pandemic has kind of helped uncover them.”

  • Dozens gather for the autism awareness walk

    Dozens gather for the autism awareness walk

    ELLSWORTH — It is hard to keep track of a moving target but well over 100 people from Brewer to Bar Harbor walked from Knowlton Park to Main Street and back to raise awareness and funds for autism on April 20. The Downeast Horizons Autism Walk is in its 13th year and typically raises about

  • Schoodic EMTs will continue to be paid per-call

    Schoodic EMTs will continue to be paid per-call

    At their special meeting March 23, selectmen weighed compensating emergency medical technicians (EMTs) at an hourly rate at an annual cost of $74,544 versus spending $57,867.79 per year when paying them on a per-call basis. The town manager’s hourly-wage estimate did not include EMTs and paramedics’ time spent fulfilling required training for license renewals.

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