Corie McCarthy, a paramedic with Delta Ambulance, treats Larry Gagnon during a transfer from Inland Hospital to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor on November 17, 2020. Gagnon tested positive for Covid-19.
The lack of staff has a ripple effect throughout the healthcare continuum, according to Petrie. âEven without COVID, EMS in Maine, we need help. Weâre struggling for personnel â¦ and coupled with that our hospitals are in trouble in the state and are struggling to figure out how they are going to operate. And EMS is part of that equation. We move their patients. We assist in their communities, and so we need to look for other alternatives as well.â