Chris Costa, NEWS CENTER Maine

Chris Costa


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Recent articles by Chris:

Mainers say their COVID-19 vaccine appointments at Walgreens getting canceled at last minute

Walgreens operates 74 pharmacies in the state that are administering COVID-19 vaccines. → Read More

VERIFY: No, your kid cannot get vaccinated at school without your consent

Parents at one school in Maine's RSU 40 told the principal they were keeping their kids home on the day of the clinic over fears their kids would get the shot. → Read More

327 people with COVID-19 in Maine hospitals: a pandemic high that worries state leaders

The Maine CDC and DHHS expect to see a rise in people testing positive for coronavirus following Thanksgiving and other holiday gatherings. → Read More

Woman who relied on Maine Diaper Bank donates $1,500 worth of baby products on United Way's 'Family Day of Action'

Rachel Boucher used the Diaper Bank at the Maine Jewish Community Alliance in 2018 when she needed financial help, and paid it forward Saturday. → Read More

Proposed quarry rattles Sebago residents concerned about dust, noise, water quality

A group of neighbors wants the town planning board to put a moratorium in place on the project so it can revisit and rewrite ordinances. → Read More

Hundreds of Maine, NH health care providers missing thousands in payments from Anthem

With patient care potentially compromised, Maine's Board of Insurance is examining Anthem's provider-related issues. → Read More

VERIFY: No, the COVID-19 vaccines do not contain graphene oxide or nanotechnology

A doctor claims she looked at the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines under a microscope and found several foreign objects. → Read More

COVID-19 vaccines for kids 5 to 11 in Maine: three things you need to know

Maine's Department of Health and Human Services estimates roughly 96,000 kids are now eligible for the shot. → Read More

Where you can get a COVID-19 vaccine appointment for kids ages 5-11 in Maine

The COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages five to 11 is now available in Maine after the U.S. CDC gave it the final green light late Tuesday night. → Read More

Maine's health care worker COVID-19 vaccination rates top 96% at many major hospital systems

Northern Light Health, MaineHealth, and MaineGeneral Health all released figures Tuesday. → Read More

3 things you need to know from Maine's COVID-19 briefing: October 27, 2021

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah discussed boosters, vaccines for kids ages 5 to 11, and the health care worker vaccine mandate. → Read More

3 things you need to know from the Maine CDC COVID-19 briefing, October 20, 2021

The Maine CDC and DHHS released vaccination rates of EMS workers and school staff on Wednesday. → Read More

VERIFY: No, you do not have to pay for the COVID-19 vaccine

The federal government and states provide the coronavirus vaccine for free. → Read More

3 things you need to know from the Maine CDC COVID-19 briefing on Oct. 6

CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah and DHHS Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew explained expanded testing, dropping hospitalizations, and using boosters for immunity. → Read More

VERIFY: No, COVID-19 vaccines do not contain fetal tissue

Information from Nebraska Medicine, Los Angeles County Public Health, and NIH shows the vaccines do not contain any fetal tissue. → Read More

3 things you need to know from the Maine CDC COVID-19 briefing

During Wednesday's briefing, Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah covered topics including booster shots and vaccinated people's risk of spreading the delta variant. → Read More

'Rose Mary Jane': Marijuana dispensary opens in Portland with mission to expunge criminal convictions of non-violent cannabis offenders

The store opened with a ribbon-cutting Thursday at 327 St. John Street in Portland. → Read More

COVID-19 booster shots 'not the way out of the pandemic,' Maine CDC director says as federal agencies weigh data

Dr. Nirav Shah said immunocompromised people should consider getting the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. → Read More

More than 75 percent of school staff in Maine are fully vaccinated against COVID-19

The Maine Dept. of Education and CDC released the data Wednesday afternoon. → Read More

'It's all COVID' | Maine doctors say record numbers of people getting tested amid strain of supplies

Maine CDC director Dr. Nirav Shah said the demand for COVID-19 testing, such as nose swabs, is outpacing the supplies. → Read More