The Portland Press Herald collaborated with Gov. Janet Mills’ sister Dora Mills on Friday to hype a new COVID-19 variant in a bid to encourage Mainers to go out and get more mRNA injections.
“COVID is a fire that is circulating the globe, and we have to keep putting water on it,” said Dora Mills, the “chief improvement officer” for MaineHealth.
Mills added that pharmaceutical products from Pfizer and Moderna “should be highly effective” against the variant, though she did elaborate on what that meant.
According to CDC data, there are currently 42 people in Maine hospitals who have tested positive for COVID-19.
Since March of 2020, just 3,092 Mainers have died while testing positive for COVID-19.
That’s about 0.2 percent of the state’s population.
Nearly half — 1,472 — have been over the age of 80.
From March 2020 to April 23, the number of Mainers under the age of 25 who were hospitalized and tested positive for COVID-19 was 211.
During the same time period, more than 20,000 people under the age of 34 were hospitalized with suicidal ideation, according to the Maine CDC.
According to federal CDC data, Maine residents are also 2.6 times more likely to die from a drug overdose than COVID-19.
The most recent report on those fatality rates shows 47.1 deaths per 100,000 from drugs and 18 per 100,000 from COVID-19.
COVID-19 was the 8th biggest cause of death in the state in 2020.
In that same year, cancer killed 3,433 Mainers, while heart disease killed 3,033. Unintentional injuries claimed 1,146 lives, chronic respiratory diseases killed 888, cerebrovascular diseases killed 694, Alzheimer’s killed 587, and Diabetes for 501.
During the government lockdowns ordered by her sister, Dora Mills was active in formulating the state’s response to COVID-19, including policing Maine’s radio shows to monitor for “misinformation.”
In January of 2022, Mills emailed a member of Maine’s Board of Licensure in Medicine to inform her that Dr. Meryl Nass had spread misinformation, with the obvious implication being that BOLIM should strip the doctor of her license.
The “misinformation” Mills accused Nass of spreading included claims that natural immunity is superior to vaccine immunity, which is true, that COVID-19 shots make pharmaceutical companies a lot of money and the companies have no liability, both true, and that the government gave out false information during the pandemic, also true.
Despite the accuracy and prescience of Nass’s public comments about COVID-19 and the vaccines, BOLIM was nonetheless able to transmogrify an investigation over “misinformation” into a successful misconduct probe that stripped her of her license.
This week, Nass filed a lawsuit against BOLIM for violating her First Amendment rights.