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Maine Medicine Weekly E-Update, July 20, 2022

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MAINE MEDICINE WEEKLY UPDATE
July 20, 2022
LEAD STORIES
Monkeypox Now a Reportable Condition in Maine
Federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Extended
Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Authorized by FDA & CDC
Maine Joins National Launch Of 988 Suicide And Crisis Lifeline
MORE CDC NEWS
Recent Reports of Human Parechovirus (PeV) in the United States
PHYSICIANS IN THE NEWS
Maine Physicians Direct Primacy Care Model to Improve Medical Care
LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY
MMA Government Affairs Developing 2023-2024 State Legislative Agenda
SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER
CDC Launches New Addiction Medicine Toolkit
Revised Narcotic Treatment Program Manual
Governor Mills Hosts 4th Annual Opioid Response Summit
COVID CORNER
Concerns About BA.5 Variants Contagiousness, Hospitalizations
MMA'S ANNUAL MEETING
Sign Up Now for the MMA 169th Annual Session in Bar Harbor!
CANCER CARE
ASGE Colon Cancer Appropriate Screening Test Campaign
AWARD NOMINATIONS
Nominations Due by July 29 for 2022 Mary Cushman, MD Award
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Island Physician - MD/DO
Family Medicine Physician - Penobscot Community Health Care’s Brewer Medical Center
Physician
Thoracic Surgeon Opportunity at Progressive Medical Center in Maine
Lead Hematology/Oncology Opportunity in Northern Maine
Experienced Emergency Medicine PA Opportunity in Bangor, Maine!

 
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COVID CORNER

Concerns About BA.5 Variants Contagiousness, Hospitalizations

The BA.5 subvariant is now the most prevalent coronavirus strain in the United States, has been the leading cause of rising COVID-19 cases in the United States, and is sparking concern about an increase in hospitalizations.

The Portland Press Herald reported Wednesday that Maine COVID hospitalizations have risen nearly 30% in 10 days and Maine Public highlighted Maine CDC data showing hospitalizations in Maine have risen to the highest level in over a month.

 

The strain, which is considered "hypercontagious," according to the Mayo Clinic, is more defiant against messenger RNA vaccines – four times more resistant to be exact.

Unvaccinated people have about five times higher chance of contracting the virus that those who are vaccinated and boosted, while chances of hospitalizations are 7.5 times higher, and changes of death are 14 to 15 times higher, said Dr. Gregory Poland of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group.

In nearby Massachusetts, The Boston Public Health Commissionreported COVID cases in Boston spiked by nearly 40% last week. Area hospitals are averaging about 150 new COVID-related admissions per day — up nearly 24%.

In Maine, COVID-19 is now the third leading cause of death, behind cancer and heart disease. The Maine Shared Community Health Needs Assessment, in collaboration with the CDC and state’s four major hospital systems, said there are concerns that the long-term effects of COVID could be the state’s newest chronic disease.

Visit Maine CDC’s website for updated COVID-19 FAQs.

Los Angeles Daily News: California COVID Hospitalizations Have Quadrupled

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