ACA and ACH Joint Statement on Summer 2023 and COVID-19   On May 11, 2023, the US declared the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency signifying an end to certain federal policies and data collection. However, coronavirus remains a public health priority as camps begin our fourth summer with lower, albeit continued, infections, hospitalizations, […]

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We know that being vaccinated against COVID-19 decreases risk of hospitalization and death, even with our most recent variant, Omicron.  But data is increasingly showing this effect on the broader population level. The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram analysis compared highly vaccinated coastal counties Cumberland, Lincoln and Sagadahoc with three counties that are not, Somerset, […]

The Delta variant of COVID-19 is rightfully all over the news as it quickly becomes the predominant strain of the virus worldwide due to its higher infectivity. Delta is estimated to be 50% more infective than the predominant strain of COVID-19, which was already 50% more infective than the original strain. What this means is […]

Vaccine breakthrough cases are expected. COVID-19 vaccines are effective and are a critical tool to bring the pandemic under control. However, no vaccines are 100% effective at preventing illness. There will be a small percentage of people who are fully vaccinated who still get sick, are hospitalized, or die from COVID-19. A recent CDC report […]