Over two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, MaineHealth knows that simply reacting to the changes and challenges brought on by new CDC guidelines, research, vaccine availability, and SARS-CoV-2 variants wouldn’t be enough to achieve our vision of working together so our communities are the healthiest in America. By instead being proactive through innovation and partnerships, MaineHealth emerged as a respected leader in COVID-19 response.
Health systems in Maine have contributed to some of the highest vaccination rates in the nation. Around 81% of Mainers are fully vaccinated; 58% of those fully vaccinated have received their first booster dose. Memorial Hospital in New Hampshire has administered over 30,000 doses, contributing to the 76% of people in Carroll County who are fully vaccinated. And more Maine people have received their COVID-19 vaccine from MaineHealth than any other entity – nearly 600,000 doses.
Perhaps even more remarkable is the volume of COVID-19 testing processed through MaineHealth’s NorDx laboratory – over 1,250,000 COVID-19 tests to date, having reached the one millionth test mark in January of 2022.
Through numerous collaborations with schools and other organizations, care team member reassignments to staff vaccine clinics, an award-winning messaging campaign, and innovations in research and COVID-19 response, our integrated health system continued to work together to keep our communities safe and well throughout the pandemic, improve patient outcomes, and build toward our future.