COVID-19 media citations

Wheeler talks with Maine Public about testing wastewater for COVID-19

Maine Public interviewed Rob Wheeler, a University of Maine associate professor of microbiology, about testing campus wastewater for coronavirus. “Testing the whole population every week is something that is really logistically and financially quite demanding, and we’re not able to do that at this time,” said Wheeler. He notes that testing wastewater before it enters […]

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News Center Maine reports no active COVID-19 cases in UMS

News Center Maine reported that as of Sept. 15, there are no active cases of COVID-19 across the seven University of Maine System campuses. The 14,712 tests administered to asymptomatic students and staff identified 13 positive results to date; none are currently classified as active. The Portland Press Herald also shared that there are no […]

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Press Herald talks with Savoie about increased interest in canning

The Portland Press Herald spoke with Kathleen Savoie, University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator, about attendance at UMaine Extension webinars focused on food preservation and the burgeoning demand for canning support and supplies. “People are pickling anything they get their hands on,” said Savoie. She believes that gardening and canning are not a manifestation of […]

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BDN interviews Coffin about contact tracing for livestock

The Bangor Daily News interviewed Donna Coffin, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension professor, for a story about contact tracing for livestock. According to Coffin, contact tracing has long been recognized as a successful biosecurity strategy. The Piscataquis Observer also shared the BDN story. 

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Kaye pens pandemic op-ed for CentralMaine.com

An opinion piece by Lenard Kaye, professor of social work and director of the Center on Aging at the University of Maine, was featured in CentralMaine.com as part of a series authored by members of the Maine Scholars Strategy Network to address public policy challenges in Maine. Kaye’s column identified the obvious and subtle impacts […]

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Media share updated COVID-19 numbers from UMS

The Portland Press Herald and CentralMaine.com reported 11 active coronavirus cases in the University of Maine System as of Sept. 7, including 8 at the University of Maine and one newly diagnosed case at the University of Maine Fort Kent. WAGM in Presque Isle and WGME (Channel 13 in Portland) covered the announcement of the […]

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Press Herald promotes COVID-19 webinar series

The Portland Press Herald advanced a new weekly webinar series, “Understanding the COVID-19 Pandemic: Resilience and Recovery.” The free series, which was developed by the University of Maine Graduate and Professional Center in partnership with the University of Southern Maine Muskie School of Public Service, runs 5–6 p.m. Thursdays from Sept. 3 to Nov. 19. […]

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Maginnis talks with WVII about COVID-19, athletics

Melissa Maginnis talked with WVII (Channel 7) about the coronavirus, participation in athletics, and safety in light of the Maine Principals’ Association’s work to align its protocols with state guidelines. “Think about this as a marathon, not a sprint. We want to make sure these children are healthy and they can continue to engage in […]

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BDN updates coronavirus total at UMaine  

The Bangor Daily News reported Thursday that known infections across the state’s public universities numbered 14. That includes three new cases at the University of Maine, where nine students are infected. University of Maine System spokesperson Dan Demeritt said three students are isolating on campus and the rest are in isolation off campus. Four previously […]

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