• Grant funding for those in recovery 

    Grant funding for those in recovery 

    ELLSWORTH — For people struggling with substance use disorder, COVID-19 has created new challenges and barriers for those seeking recovery. Support meetings, coaching sessions and many clinical treatments have moved to online or virtual formats. Not everyone in this corner of the state has access to reliable cell phone or internet service. The economic impact of the pandemic on many of the

  • Rate of COVID cases among nonresidents falls

    ELLSWORTH — Despite tourism picking up around the region, the rate of positive COVID-19 tests per day recorded among nonresidents has fallen compared to the most recent period in mid-June, according to figures provided by Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) spokesman Robert Long in an email over the weekend.  As of July 18, the

  • Town distributing 1,200 masks a day

    Town distributing 1,200 masks a day

    BAR HARBOR — “Don’t make us ask. Please wear a mask,” proclaims a digital traffic trailer sign at the entrance to downtown on Route 3. Mailboxes with free disposable face masks, instructions and hand sanitizer are available downtown. Signs are posted encouraging people to wear face coverings, especially in the most congested central areas.  It seems to

  • Recovery coaching basics class offered

    ELLSWORTH—Healthy Acadia and the Maine Alliance for Recovery Coaching will offer a free, online session of the Connecticut Community for Addiction (CCAR) Recovery’s Recovery Coaching Basics on Tuesday, July 28. The class will meet online from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and an additional two to three hours of coursework will be assigned. Recovery Coaching

  • Work Health expanding to Ellsworth 

    ELLSWORTH — Work Health LLC, an occupational health program that partners with employers and communities to help employees stay healthy and heal when they are injured, has opened an Ellsworth location at 32 Resort Way.   Work Health provides assessment and treatment of work-related injuries and illnesses, physical exams, on-site ergonomic evaluations, independent medical evaluations and a variety of employment–related testing services.  

  • Access to testing still limited 

    Access to testing still limited 

    BAR HARBOR — Government and business leaders agree that widespread testing for the virus that causes COVID-19 is essential to managing and limiting the pandemic, especially as businesses and schools gradually move toward more-like-normal operations.  Rural areas of Maine including Mount Desert Island have far fewer cases of the virus than the urban centers, but as the population

  • Testing, prevention ramp up as season gets busier

    Testing, prevention ramp up as season gets busier

    BAR HARBOR — The bad news is the reported COVID-19 case count in Hancock County rose this week to 15 confirmed or probable cases.  The good news is that 30,000 high-quality face masks ordered by Mount Desert Island Hospital have arrived and are being distributed to town offices and businesses, along with help from hospital educators about how

  • Substance use workshop series  

    ELLSWORTH – Healthy Acadia will offer a free, four-day workshop designed to help teens talk with peers about substance use. “Sidekicks” is an interactive program supported by Maine Prevention Services thathelps youth gain the skills to have respectful conversations about tobacco use and risky behaviors. The workshop will be offered online via Zoom, June 23-26, from 3–4 p.m. each day.  

  • Online interactive workshop 

    Online interactive workshop 

    ELLSWORTH – Healthy Acadia invites community members to join certified Tai Chi for Health instructor Samantha Williams of Bold Coast Yoga, on Thursday, June 25, from 2–3:45 p.m., for a free, Mindful Movement and Medical Literacy Workshop via Zoom.  This workshop is designed to introduce tai chi, yoga and the basics of medical literacy (including searching for health information online). Participants will learn basic yoga poses and tai chi movements,

  • Hospital readiness, health advice updated

    Hospital readiness, health advice updated

    BAR HARBOR — The advice from local, state and federal leaders has not changed. The most important and effective steps everyone can take to limit the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 are wearing masks or other face coverings, maintaining 6 feet of distance from others and vigilant hand washing.  “It’s all about muscle memory,” MDI Hospital COO Chrissi Maguire said in a recent community forum.