A patient struggles to breath with the assistance of oxygen in the back truck 3 of Delta Ambulance on May 3, 2020. The paramedics have seen a rise in calls of difficulty breathing the past week.
While Maine enjoyed low case numbers and few deaths during the dry, warm summer where space facilitated distancing, the colder, wetter fall has driven people inside. Schools have started up again and the case numbers and deaths have risen. A major source of stress now confronts emergency medical services providers: staffing.