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Posted: September 26 2009 at 7:11am
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|Posted: November 09 2009 at 6:25am|
LEWISTON (NEWS CENTER) -- As more and more swine flu vaccine slowly makes its way into Maine, schools and hospitals are seeing a sharp increase in the number of people suspected to have the H1N1 virus. One area hit hard in recent days is Lewiston.
Central Maine Medical Center has seen a 21 percent increase in the number of patients coming in with flu like symptoms this week. And the schools in Lewiston are seeing their absenteeism numbers averaging between 15 and 17 percent.
This, despite the fact that the Lewiston school system has vaccinated nearly half its population over the past 8 days. Many of the students who are becoming sick are those who have not been vaccinated. But it can take up to two weeks for the vaccine to fully protect a person, and so some students who were vaccinated are still getting the H1N1 virus.
School officials are urging parents to keep kids home if they have a fever and sore throat. The students are going to get sent home anyway, and they only help spread the virus.
In the meantime, CMMC has created a separate quarantine area for patients who seem to be exhibiting acute symptoms of H1N1. The hospital also has masks, Kleenex, and hand sanitizer available at each entrance.
CMMC is asking that patients with flu-like symptoms stay home unless their symptoms get much worse or they become dehydrated. They are not testing most patients who come in for swine flu, only those who end up being admitted to the hospital with more severe symptoms.
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|Posted: February 22 2011 at 7:17am|
Parents say son tried to tough-out Army training
Feb 22, 2011
Death occured in South Carolina but he was from Maine
LEWISTON — Rhonda Tilley knew her son, Jordan Chase, sounded wrong when he called her from boot camp in Fort Jackson, S.C.
"He said, 'It's just a cold, Mom,'" Tilley said. He then told her about a rigorous physical test he was scheduled to take the next day.
The 19-year-old man toughed it out, passing the test on Feb. 12. Then, he sought help.
He was admitted at the local hospital that night. His family didn't learn how sick he was until later, when doctors sent him to a bigger hospital for treatment and the Army called home to Maine. His dad, Tom Chase of New Gloucester, stayed here to support the extended family. Tilley, who lives in Lewiston, immediately rushed to be at her son's side.
By the time she reached Chase on Feb. 15, he was breathing oxygen from a tube. He was fighting pneumonia and the H1N1 virus, the so-called "swine flu."
At first he gained on it. Doctors predicted a full recovery. Then, his body seemed to need more and more oxygen.
On Sunday morning, with his mother and other family at his side, Chase died.
"He was an all-around awesome kid and he had so many plans for life," Tilley said.
Questions remain, though.
"We don't have all the answers yet," Tom Chase said. "It doesn't seem to be anyone's fault. It's just that he may have been a little late getting to the hospital."
The H1N1 virus — the pandemic strain that circulated widely in 2009 and 2010 — is still out there.
A national map published by the Centers for Disease Control shows South Carolina and several other southern states in red, signifying high levels of "influenza-like illness activity." It lists the H1N1 as a contributor.
It's here in Maine, too.
On Jan. 31, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report saying that there was widespread influenza activity in Maine and confirmed an H1N1 case here in December.
Tom Chase blames no one for his son's death, he said.
"He ended up in three different hospitals, and they did absolutely everything they could for him," he said. Rather, he figures his son was doing his best to get through his training.
"He was young," he said. "He was fit. He was determined he was going to make it through."
He had attended Lewiston High School for most of his schooling, but he finished up at Gray-New Gloucester High, where he earned his diploma last year. His best subject was math. He was considering becoming an engineer, his dad said.
He'd recently been working at Paradigm Windows before enlisting with the Maine National Guard.
"He was so positive about going into basic training," Tilley said. "He wanted to do the right thing and get his life squared away.
He left for South Carolina on Jan. 5.
"It was great having him home for the holidays," she said. "And then they shipped him out."
In the hospital, Tilley met a general, majors and her son's drill sergeant.
"His commanders had nothing but wonderful things to say about him," she said.
Chase had qualified as a sharpshooter and had already developed a reputation as a gutsy soldier.
"His drill sergeant said he persevered so much, they didn't know he was sick," she said.
His family will remember him as someone who loved the outdoors: hunting and fishing and sports.
"He adored children, he was fantastic with them," his dad said. And he doted on his nephew, who is almost 4. To him, he was "Uncle Jorder."
"He was the best Uncle Jorder a nephew could have," Tom Chase said.
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