WASHINGTON (AP) – All four members of Maine’s congressional delegation are safe after demonstrators stormed the Capitol building. Republican Sen. Susan Collins called the actions by supporters of Republican President Donald Trump “a dangerous, shameful and outrageous attack on our democracy” but said Congress will not be deterred from its duty of certifying the election results in favor of Democratic President-elect Joe Biden.
Convenient MD Grand Opening
(Ellsworth) When Convenient MD opens today on High Street in Ellsworth, it will bring a state-of-the-art walk-in care facility to the area. Ellsworth is Convenient MD’s sixth location in Maine and offers on-site lab work, x-ray capability, and rapid results testing for COVID-19. Director of Business and Community Relations Lynn Derocher tells Star 97.7, the Grand Opening will be smaller than usual. Convenient MD is open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and accepts all insurance as well as offering a cash payment option, and is working with the state to become a COVID-19 vaccine provider.
Maine Company Receives National Recognition
(Guilford) Maine’s Puritan Medical Products has been named Inc. Magazine’s 2020 Company of the Year. The Guilford-based manufacturer is one of two companies in the world manufacturing nasal swabs necessary for COVID-19 testing and was recognized for its rapid expansion to meet testing demands during the pandemic. Puritan beat out more than 2700 entries across 37 categories. The 100-year-old Maine-based family owned business partnered with other service providers to recruit over 300 employees to meet manufacturing demand.
CDC Stats Wednesday
(Augusta) The Maine CDC Wednesday reported 531 new COVID cases and three coronavirus-related deaths. Two deaths were reported in Penobscot County and one in Cumberland County. The total number of cases in the state has now surpassed 27,000 since record keeping began in March. Deaths now stand at 372.
(Augusta) – Three more Maine residents have died from complications of the Coronavirus. That brings the death toll in the state to 372. The Maine CDC reported 531 new COVID cases yesterday, bringing the state infection total to more than 27-thousand. Hospitals in Maine are treating 191 people, including 54 in critical care.
Relay for Life
(Ellsworth) Just a few days into the new year Hancock County’s Relay for Life has raised $8,000 of its 2021 $60,000 goal for the American Cancer Society. To keep that fundraising momentum going, Organizer Brandi Marchetti tells Star 97.7 they’re hosting what they call a First Lap event this Saturday, January 9, at Acadia Area ATV’ers Club off Washington Junction Road. Pre registration is required by e-mailing hancock relay at outlook dot com.
(Augusta) Besides Pfizer and Moderna, at least three other companies are working on vaccine trials. Two – one from Astra Zeneca and Oxford University and another by a small biotech company, NovoVax, require two doses but do not require ultra cold storage. Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said a third trial by Johnson and Johnson looks promising as well. Shah said just as a precaution, Johnson and Johnson is also conducting a separate trial with the vaccine that uses two doses to determine effectiveness.
- Boston Celtics 107 Miami Heat 105 (Payton Pritchard had a putback with 2/10ths of a second left to win it).
- Wizards’ player Bradley Beal scored 60-points last night, but his team lost to the 76ers 141 to 136.
- Most high school teams have prepared basketball schedules for the pandemic shortened season, but there will be no tournament this year, and games are not likely to start until January 19th.