Bangor, Maine News Update: August 19, 2021
Northern Light Health announced this week that Covid-19 vaccination booster shots will be available the week of September 20th. Dr. James Jarvis says people with severe, limiting conditions will benefit from an additional Pfizer or Moderna dose. People who got the Johnson and Johnson shot do not currently need a booster, but that could change in the future.
The latest statistics from the Maine Center for Disease Control show how quickly the Delta variant of COVID-19 is spreading in the state. According to the Associated Press, health officials say 100% of 35 sample test cases in August were the Delta variety of the virus. That compares to 86% in July and only 3-point-six percent in June.
Maine will now have a new way for parents to surrender their infants for adoption, in a private, anonymous way. Safe Haven boxes will be installed in the future outside hospitals and fire stations, where the parents can place the baby and then close the door, which will lock automatically. An alarm will sound inside the building to alert medical personnel that a baby is in the compartment.
Everyone is invited to join a multi-layered event in Saturday that will help fund the warming center for Bangor’s homeless population at Bangor’s Union Street Brick Church. The day begins with a motorcycle/vehicle ride from the Bangor Waterfront that will travel to Unity, where participants can ride on the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad, followed by a pig roast and Barbecue. Find more information on the Union Street Brick Church Facebook page. (Q106.5 app)
Belfast Harbor has a mystery that’s intriguing...and amusing...everyone who sees it. A 25 foot tall yellow rubber ducky, with the word ‘JOY’ emblazoned on it appeared in the harbor over the weekend and, so far, no one as confessed to putting it there. The Harbor Master says it poses no navigational hazards, and so there’s no hurry about getting rid of the duck that’s making everyone in town smile.