LincolnHealth reported a successful transition from the Boothbay Region YMCA clinic to the Watson Center on the LincolnHealth Miles Campus in Damariscotta June 15. As of the week of June 7, testing has continued to rise and the positivity rate continues to decrease, dropping to under 1% for the first time since March 2021, said LincolnHealth’s John Martins.
Chase Point Assisted Living will be open for visitation and admissions since all residents, staff and vendors tested negative in a second round of surveillance testing, Martins said. LincolnHealth has no policy changes to report; however, fewer restrictions on visitors are coming and will be announced.
“The big story last week was our return to the area schools,” Martins said. LincolnHealth opened pop-up clinics at Lincoln Academy, Medomak Middle and High schools, Wiscasset Middle High School, Boothbay Region Elementary and High schools, Great Salt Bay Community School and Nobleboro Central School. The clinics administered 630 doses, most of them second doses.
The Watson Center administered 33 first doses and 81 second doses June 7 to 11, said Martins. This week, the clinic has 94 appointments scheduled, 11 of which are first doses and, because walk-ins are still welcome, Martins expects first-dose numbers to improve.
LincolnHealth also continues to pursue vaccination integration with the primary care setting, so anyone interested in receiving their first dose should first call their primary care provider.
Waldoboro VFW will holds its second pop-up clinic 2 to 6 p.m. June 17 to provide second doses to 64 people who got their first doses in May. This clinic will also be open to walk-ins.