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1/Here's where we stand with #COVID19 in #Maine right now.

There are 223 people hospitalized w/COVID, 35 of whom are in the ICU and 2 on a ventilator.

Two weeks ago, there were 143 hospitalized. One thing different now as compared to prior surges is the severity level.
2/In prior waves, the number of patients in the ICU and on ventilators grew in tandem with overall numbers. But here, we have not seen the same parallel growth in the most severely ill patients.

Two weeks ago, there were 34 patients in the ICU and 5 on ventilators.
3/So our growth in hospitalizations has come from non-ICU/non-ventilated patients. They are still ill--make no mistake--since they are hospitalized.

Generally, the composition of those who are hospitalized now are older vaccinated individuals and younger, unvaccinated ones.
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1/There are some signs that the the levels of #COVID19 in #Maine may be starting to increase.

First, the most recent set of wastewater surveillance results showed uniform increases in viral levels across the state. This is different from the episodic spikes we've seen before.
2/The latest wastewater reports are here:

maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/inf…

and here:

covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tra…
3/Second, hospitalizations have increased. As of this morning, there are 104 people in the hospital in #Maine w/#COVID19. Of them, 30 are in the ICU and 4 are on a ventilator.

These are nowhere near the levels that we saw in mid-Jan '22. But they are a recent increase.
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1/The @US_FDA and @CDCgov yesterday authorized 2nd #COVID19 #booster shots for certain individuals.

Here's a summary of who is eligible and what it all means.
2/A second booster of either the @pfizer or @moderna_tx vaccine is available for individuals 50 years and older at least 4 months after their first booster. content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USFDA…
3/Also, a second booster of the @pfizer vaccine may be given to those 12 and older who are immunocompromised at least 4 months after the first booster. content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USFDA…
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1/I’ve recently discussed the importance of having a plan to obtain #COVID19 therapeutics in case you contract COVID.

I’d like to expand on what these therapeutics are and what a plan of that sort looks like.
2/Getting #COVID19 used to mean isolation and perhaps hospitalization.

Today in #Maine, we have several treatment options available.

The key to successful treatment is *early testing* so you can receive *early treatment.*
3/In recent months, @US_FDA has authorized several medications for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID19.

The treatments vary—some are pills, some are infused.

And they vary by effectiveness, with some reducing #COVID19 hospitalization by >90%.
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"While COVID has shown it's a tough adversary, we've shown we're tougher," says @POTUS in @WhiteHouse remarks.
"If you're not fully vaccinated you have good reason to be concerned," about the #OmicronVariant, says @POTUS.
"There'll be positive cases in every office" even among the vaccinated from the #OmicronVaccine but the vaccinated are protected from severe illness and death, says @POTUS.
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The story of the #BuildBackBetter has yet to be written. Let’s examine the 50 Republican US Senators who are voting against lifting children out of poverty, education,elder care, affordable prescription drugs, child care & family leave? What does this mean for YOUR STATE? Image
#ALABAMA Sen. Richard Shelby is voting against the #ChildTaxCredit “The Center on Budget &Policy Priorities found making the program permanent would benefit 93% of #AL children,lift 162,000 #AL children above/closer to poverty line & benefit 480,000 #AL children under 17. Image
#ALABAMA Sen. Tommy Tuberville has offered you no solutions; he has admitted that he “wouldn’t have a clue” how to address the current pandemic and recently told people that $600 per week in federal unemployment benefits was just “too much.” al.com/news/2021/12/a… Image
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1/This evening, @MEPublicHealth confirmed the first five cases of the #Omicron #COVID19 variant in #Maine.

This finding was not unexpected, given that 40 other states have already detected it. Nor was it welcome.
2/Based on what we know about #Omicron's increased contagiousness, it's more important than ever to get vaccinated.

Based on what we know about the potential for "immune escape", it's more important than ever to get a booster.
3/And based on what we know about its severity (perhaps equivalent to Delta), it's more important than ever to wear a mask in indoor public settings.

Of the three monoclonal antibodies available, one (sotrovimab) retains activity against #Omicron.
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1/You have no doubt heard much lately about the recently designated #COVID19 #variant, #omicron.

I would like to distill what we know, what we do not know, and what this all means for you right now.
2/On 11/26/21, the @WHO officially designated B.1.1.529 (#omicron) a "variant of concern."

It cited a "large number of mutations, some of which are concerning" and "preliminary evidence" of "an increased risk of reinfection with this variant.."

who.int/news/item/26-1…
3/In short, scientists are concerned because #omicron exhibits an unusual number of mutations across the #SARSCoV2 genome, with >30 on the spike protein.

The spike is the part of the virus that allows it to gain access to human cells and reproduce. (h/t @_nference)
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1/A recurring refrain I hear about #COVID19 #vaccines is, "Why should I get the shot since I can still get COVID after?"

I want to discuss why that isn't exactly an accurate assessment why it doesn't accord with the way that most of us think about risk in our daily lives.
2/Let's start with the core notion: that you can still get #COVID19 after being fully #vaccinated.

That is true. But the statement lacks critical context. While you can still get COVID after getting a vaccine, you are MUCH less likely to do so.

The relative risk matters.
3/At baseline, the #COVID19 vaccines have an effectiveness of around 80-90%.

Vaccine effectiveness is a measure derived from clinical trials and calculates the relative risk of being affected in a vaccinated population vs. an unvaccinated one.

cdc.gov/vaccines/covid…
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1/We are all tired of #COVID19. But the virus, sadly, is not done with us.

If you're looking to help your fellow Mainers through this difficult time, there's something you can do: volunteer with Maine Responds (maineresponds.org).
2/Maine Responds is our state's public health #volunteer network.

Hundreds of your neighbors are using their skills to help the entire state’s #publichealth system.

And it's an impressive, well-oiled machine. Some quick stats 👇🏾
3/Since March 2020, Maine Responds has built a #COVID19 response team of 519 activated #volunteers.

They've donated 38,917 hours during 6,474 shifts.

The #volunteers have carried out 34 distinct missions - both one-time as well as sustained, long-term efforts.
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1/Last Friday, the @FDACommissioner authorized @pfizer's #COVID19 #vaccine for children 5-11.

Tomorrow, an advisory committee to the @CDCDirector will discuss possible clinical recommendations for this vaccine.
2/@MEPublicHealth has been preparing for the arrival of this vaccine in #Maine.

One of the most common questions we receive is about the vaccine's safety.

Here is what parents should know today.
3/@pfizer's clinical trial supporting authorization enrolled 4647 children and followed them from an average of 2.4 weeks to over two months.
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North American Megadam Resistance Alliance and our international network urges Mainers to vote YES on Referendum Question 1 on November 2 to reject the New England Clean Energy Connect hydropower transmission corridor.

Full press release: mailchi.mp/fd908586f5ef/i…
To generate electricity for NECEC, Hydro-Quebec will use 61 dams and 28 reservoirs that have flooded and destroyed tens of thousands of square miles of boreal forests, wetlands, and taiga.

Hydropower destroys rivers and forests, violates Indigenous rights, and harms the climate.
Most of the dams are built on the ancestral lands of Indigenous Peoples in Canada without their consent and without compensation. The Innu, Atikamekw, and Anishinabek First Nations in Quebec oppose NECEC and are suing Hydro-Quebec for violations of their constitutional rights.
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Importing Canadian hydropower via New England Clean Energy Connect = supporting environmental racism and destruction. This energy source is a climate injustice on every level.

mainebeacon.com/opinion-the-cm…
"It is essential to highlight that we are not advocating for a different corridor pathway, as we believe hydropower does not have a place in the future of clean energy transition."
"Beyond the physical corridor, one of the most glaring environmental injustices of this project is the irreparable harm that Hydro-Quebec’s megadams are causing to Indigenous communities,"
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Voting YES on Maine's Question 1 on November 2nd means standing with Indigenous communities in Canada that have been exploited and abused for hydropower generation.

quebechydroclash.com/press-release-…
A coalition of five hydro-impacted Indigenous communities where the power for New England Clean Energy Connect (CMP Corridor) would be sourced from vehemently oppose this project.
According to the coalition, "36% of the total hydroelectric power installed by Hydro-Quebec has been stolen from us since it is produced in our respective ancestral territories from reservoirs, dams, power plants and various other installations, without prior consultation,"
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Former National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien (@robertcobrien) honored this evening alongside #LA Mayor Eric Garcetti (@ericgarcetti), Admiral Michelle Howard (@honoronline) and UPS (@UPS) by the National Museum of the Surface #Navy at the Battleship #IOWA (@ussiowa)…
Here are highlights from O’Brien’s speech, where he spoke to specific issues regarding the #Navy and measures our nation can take on the diplomatic and economic fronts to preserve our liberty in this new era of great power competition…
“First, we need a 355 ship Navy, and we need it now.   As former PACOM Commander Admiral Davidson stated, the next decade is the period of maximum danger for a conflict with China, especially over Taiwan.”
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1/It's time to take stock of where we are w/#COVID19 in Maine from an epidemiological perspective.

Let's start with the big picture. The PCR positivity rate is now 5.3%. One incubation period ago, it was at 4.5%.
2/A portion of that increase is attributable to less PCR testing.

Right now, the current daily PCR testing volume stands at 471/100K people. That's 13% lower than one incubation period ago, leading to a higher positivity rate.
3/Hospitalizations are thankfully lower, but still high. Right now, 166 people are in the hospital in #Maine w/#COVID19. 60 of them are in the ICU and 31 are on ventilators.

Two weeks ago, there were 211 people hospitalized, with 67 in the ICU, though 27 on a ventilator.
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tHiS iS wHy We NeEd VaCcInE pAssPoRtS tO fLy! 🤪

"A 36-year-old flight attendant who worked for Southwest Airlines has died from COVID-19 ... despite being fully vaccinated"

foxnews.com/lifestyle/vacc… Image
"A protest will be held in Augusta on Monday against the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers in #Maine. There were protests in Bangor on Sunday and in Portland on Saturday regarding the vaccine mandate."

wgme.com/news/local/pro… Image
tHiS iS wHy We NeEd VaCcInE pAssPoRtS tO fLy! 🤪
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Each week I pull ~51000 tweets on US State mentions. Here's a collection of word clouds from tweets pulled on 2021-08-07. Each state + DC can be found in the replies!
#Python #USA #WordCloud #TwitterData
Each week I pull ~51000 tweets on US State mentions. Here's the word cloud for #Alabama from tweets pulled on 2021-08-07!
#Python #WordCloud #TwitterData
Each week I pull ~51000 tweets on US State mentions. Here's the word cloud for #Alaska from tweets pulled on 2021-08-07!
#Python #WordCloud #TwitterData
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Each week I pull ~51000 tweets on US State mentions and do sentiment analysis. Most positive state was #Maine according to an ensemble model! In the replies are the individual models.
GitHub: github.com/ghadlich/State…
#NLP #Python #ML
I analyzed the sentiment on Twitter for each state + DC from the last week using a pretrained #BERT model from #huggingface.
Which state had the most positive mentions this week? It was #Maine!
#NLP #Python #ML
I analyzed the sentiment on Twitter for each state + DC from the last week using a pretrained #VADER model from #NLTK.
Which state had the most positive mentions this week? It was #DistrictofColumbia!
#NLP #Python #ML
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Each week I pull ~51000 tweets on US State mentions. Here's a collection of word clouds from tweets pulled on 2021-07-31. Each state + DC can be found in the replies!
#Python #USA #WordCloud #TwitterData
Each week I pull ~51000 tweets on US State mentions. Here's the word cloud for #Alabama from tweets pulled on 2021-07-31!
#Python #WordCloud #TwitterData
Each week I pull ~51000 tweets on US State mentions. Here's the word cloud for #Alaska from tweets pulled on 2021-07-31!
#Python #WordCloud #TwitterData
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Each week I pull ~51000 tweets on US State mentions and do sentiment analysis. Most positive state was #Utah according to an ensemble model! In the replies are the individual models.
GitHub: github.com/ghadlich/State…
#NLP #Python #ML
I analyzed the sentiment on Twitter for each state + DC from the last week using a pretrained #BERT model from #huggingface.
Which state had the most positive mentions this week? It was #Utah!
#NLP #Python #ML
I analyzed the sentiment on Twitter for each state + DC from the last week using a pretrained #VADER model from #NLTK.
Which state had the most positive mentions this week? It was #Nevada!
#NLP #Python #ML
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An #antivax anti-mask, Covid-denier #Maine State Rep and his wife both have contracted COVID-19. Chris Johansen (R-Monticello) was one of 7 GOP lawmakers who refused to wear masks during the 2021 leg session and subsequently lost their committee assignments. #mepolitics
This morning, during a brief interview, Johansen, who isn’t vaccinated, acknowledged his illness. “Listen up,” he said. “I have #COVID and I’m really really sick and don’t have time to talk to you today.” Here's a recent post by the state rep. Image
Johansen’s wife Cindy, treasurer for the Aroostook County GOP, said in a FB post she’s unvaccinated & been hospitalized with “Covid and asthma.” She is under quarantine in the ICU at Northern Light A.R. Gould Hospital, but a nurse there said she’s NOT in critical condition. ImageImageImage
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Here's the thing, @GovJanetMills : You can try to hide behind "crime rates are down, court filings are down" as a "reason" not to fund MCILS to ensure that people are hired who can do the financial accountability and quality oversight you say /1
wmtw.com/article/maine-…
you recognize we need, but we know it's baloney.
MCILS attorneys continue to open cases at the same rate, the opioid crisis has increased child protective cases exponentially, electronic discovery has added to attorney time in each case, /2
, and a "raise" from $50 to $60 per hour in 2015/2016 increased the budget by 20% then.
Just admit it: You don't care about indigent defense attorneys or the people we represent. /3
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Six governors, Democrats and Republicans, now holding a virtual meeting with @POTUS. (@WhiteHouse press pool not invited into the auditorium to cover the event, but it's live-streaming: whitehouse.gov/live/) Image
#Maine offering incentives, including free fishing or hunting licenses, to those who get #coronavirusvaccines, @GovJanetMills tells @POTUS. Image
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