Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 12/23/2020  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Maine’s COVID Vaccine Rollout Ramping Up; With Little Detail
•  The MMA Wishes Happy Holidays for All
•  Congress Passes New COVID Relief Bill
•  AMA Releases Revised 2021 E&M Codes
•  Governor Mills Extends Civil Emergency to 2021
•  Maine DHHS Launches Text Notifications to People Testing Positive for COVID-19
•  BinaxNOW DHHS Guidance Update
•  Maine CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) Fact Sheets/VIS Form
•  News of an Emerging Variant of COVID-19
•  Maine Physicians In The Media
•  Maine CDC Physicians To Host Regular Clinician COVID Vaccine Info Sessions
•  PPE Available Through the MMA & ActionPPE
•  Maine Medical Association Enduring Education Opportunity
•  MICIS Opioid Prescribing Presentation & Individual Academic Detailing Sessions
•  Hanley's PELI Advanced Course Enrollment is OPEN!
•  A Message from Maine Responds: Volunteer Opportunity
MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  State Legislative Committees Announced
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  Webinar: “Radon Risk Reduction: The Current Policy Landscape in the US and the Maine Perspective” January 12, 2021
•  Maine Concussion Management Level 1 & 2 Training Via Zoom - January 15, 2021
•  Caring for LGBTQ+ Youth in Maine - Emphasis on the 'T' - Half-day Symposium on Saturday, January 23
•  MOA VIRTUAL Midwinter Symposium - Feb 12-14, 2021
•  Maine CDC Annual Prevention Professionals Conference - March 2-3, 2021
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Behavioral Health Clinician
•  Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
•  Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine)

 

Maine DHHS Launches Text Notifications to People Testing Positive for COVID-19

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced this week the launch of a new text messaging service to alert Maine people who test positive for COVID-19 of steps to take to protect their health and limit the spread of the virus, as part of a comprehensive plan to adapt Maine's response to the pandemic.

 

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced this week the launch of a new text messaging service to alert Maine people who test positive for COVID-19 of steps to take to protect their health and limit the spread of the virus, as part of a comprehensive plan to adapt Maine's response to the pandemic. 

People who test positive for COVID-19 and voluntarily provide their telephone number to their testing site will receive a text message from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) indicating that they should isolate for 10 days at home and inform close contacts of potential exposure to the virus. Recipients will also be directed to further information on the Maine CDC website. The message from Maine CDC will come from the number 22300.