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March 26, 2021

In This Issue
Committee Holds Vote on Nursing Practice Bill
Maine’s Vaccination Supply Increases; Community Practices Wait; CDC Announces ‘Pop-Up Clinics’
COVID-19: Federal Updates and News
COVID-19: State Data, Updates, & News
Maine Attorney General Releases Drug Overdose Data for February 2021
California Physicians Produce Pro-COVID Vaccine ‘My Shot’ Video Based on “Hamilton”
CNN, Sunday, 3/28, 9pm: "Autopsy of a Pandemic: 6 Doctors at the Center of the US Covid-19 Response"
U.S. Senate Votes to Delay Medicare Payment Cuts for Remainder of Year
AMA: This Week’s Top Articles from JAMA Network
Maine Legislative Calendar In Flux
Next MMA Legislative Call Will Be Wednesday, March 31st
New Maine AAP Educational Webinar Series
PPE Available Through the MMA & ActionPPE
A Message from Maine Responds: Volunteer Opportunity
MAINE LEGISLATURE
Maine Legislature Week 11 Update
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Maine Lung Cancer Coalition Webinar March 24, 2021
Maine CDC Physicians To Host Regular Clinician COVID Vaccine Info Sessions
Suicide Prevention and Management in Healthcare Practice Settings: A Comprehensive Evidence-Based Approach
AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Nurse Practitioner
Medical Director - ME License Required
Practice Administrator
Physician
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Belgrade Regional Health Center Seeks a Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine)

 
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COVID-19: Federal Updates and News

· White House to spend $10 billion to bolster vaccine effort 

· President Biden sets new goal of administering 200 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses in first 100 days in office 

· CDC says three feet of distance safe in schools 

· Infections are trending upward in most states  

White House to spend $10 billion to bolster vaccine effort (Associated Press) 

The White House announced Thursday that it is dedicating another $10 billion to try to drive up vaccination rates in low-income, minority and rural enclaves throughout the country. 

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President Biden sets new goal of administering 200 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses in first 100 days in office (Reuters) 

The White House has set a new goal of administering 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States in his first 100 days in office. The U.S. would need to give nearly 70 million vaccine doses in the next 35 days to meet the target. The U.S. currently has a seven-day average of about 2.5 million doses per day, which would allow the country to reach 200 million by April 23 — a week before the 100-day deadline — according to CNBC. 

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CDC says three feet of distance safe in schools (US CDC) 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced last week that students need only be three feet apart in school, rather than six, so long as there is universal masking. The change is aimed at speeding the return to in-person learning. 

In a media release distributed shortly after the US CDC announcement, the Maine Department of Education provided a clarifying message stressing, “The U.S. CDC’s announcement today affirms safety protocols that have been part of Maine’s framework since last year,” 

The updated Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Prevention is part of CDC’s existing resources for K12 schools to open and remain open for in-person instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The updated guidance complements CDC’s existing guidance, resources, and tools for K12 schools. 

Infections are trending upward in most states (Washington Post) 

Cases rose by 4 percent nationwide in the past week as Michigan, Colorado, Connecticut, South Dakota and Hawaii reported increases of more than 30 percent, according to data tracked by The Washington Post. 

On Wednesday, 32 states had a higher seven-day average number of cases than a week earlier. The rest of the world is seeing a similar rise in infections that experts say is caused by the spread of new variants.

 

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