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Maine and 37 other states got zero ventilators from the federal stockpile. Why?

In yesterday’s Portland Press Herald I tried to answer the question: “Why did Maine — and 37 other states — get zero ventilators from the Strategic National Stockpile?” The answer… Read more »

Maine lags rest of New England in pandemic data reporting

In yesterday’s Portland Press Herald, I explore why Maine lags the other five New England states in the daily reporting of all sorts of pandemic-related data, including the fact that… Read more »

The American Nations and the Geography of the Pandemic Response

Depressingly, as the global coronavirus pandemic unfolded, President Trump took measures that helped it along: denying it existed; denying it was more serious than the seasonal flu; denying it was… Read more »

In Maine, state having difficulty gathering critical pandemic data from hospitals

In the past few days I’ve written a couple of times on an unexpected problem with Maine’s pandemic response planning: more than three weeks into the crisis, the state Center… Read more »

Maine and the medical supply chain amid the pandemic

Everyone in the Portland Press Herald newsroom is on a full-court press to cover the pandemic and I’ve been following supply chain issues this week. In today’s paper I have… Read more »

Maine company taking orders for masks, Covid-19 tests, but its leader is facing criminal fraud indictments

Last week, the Boston Globe reported that a Maine company represented by former Portland legislator Diane Russell had reached out to Massachusetts officials and was supplying nearly a million urgently… Read more »

Maine island life in the time of coronavirus

At the moment the coronavirus pandemic “got real” in Maine — the announcement of the first confirmed case here — I was on Cheabeague Island with Press Herald colleague and… Read more »