Maine Medicine Weekly Update - March 26, 2021  (Plain Text Version)

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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 Week 11 Update
•  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)
•  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)


COVID-19: Federal Updates and News

 You can find the latest federal updates and news here.


· 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.