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The Preacher and the Plague: a profile of the Maine pastor at the center of a notorious super spreader event

On August 7th, an obscure independent fundamentalist Baptists pastor presided over a wedding at a church he founded in the northern Maine town of East Millinocket, which was followed by… Read more »

Coronavirus in Maine: York, Oxford county enter danger zone

Maine and its northern New England neighbors, New Hampshire and Vermont, have been the three healthiest states for almost the entire pandemic to date, with relatively low prevalence, hospitalizations, and… Read more »

Coronavirus in Maine: a remarkably successful summer imperiled by defiant pastor’s wedding

Maine managed to host a summer tourist season without epidemiological incidents, something of a miracle in and of itself and testimony to the commitment of Mainers and visitors alike to… Read more »

How Maine won the first rounds against Covid-19

Maine, knock on wood, has weathered the pandemic better than most states, sometimes ranking 50th of the states in key metrics like new infections per capita. The disease can come… Read more »

Maine pandemic updates: testing delays, low hospitalizations, few non-residents testing positive

A few recent updates on the pandemic situation in Maine: Major national testing labs have been overwhelmed by the pandemic’s surge in the Deep South and El Norte, and that’s… Read more »

American Nations and the geography of the pandemic

The geography of the U.S. response to the Covid-19 pandemic follows, like so many other things in American life, the fissures of identified in American Nations to a startling degree…. Read more »

Coronavirus in Maine at the onset of high tourist season

As the coronavirus spreads across the southern and western United States — a topic I’ll have more to say about tomorrow — Mainers are simultaneously kicking off their summer tourist… Read more »

Two developments I covered in recent days regarding the pandemic here in Maine. In this week’s Maine Sunday Telegram, I revisited the issue of Maine’s Covid-19 testing capacity and strategy… Read more »

Maine pandemic: zip-code data released; hospitalizations, testing updates

In this week of civil rights protests, police violence, and militarized deployments in major cities it’s been hard to remember there’s a deadly, once-in-a-century pandemic going on, but amazingly there… Read more »

Covid hospitalizations return to peak levels in Southern Maine

The number of Covid-19 inpatients at Portland’s major hospitals returned to the peak levels of early April last week, data collected directly from Maine’s hospitals show. York County’s largest hospital… Read more »