1. The Biden Administration pushed the student loan payment pause by 90 days through May 1, 2022. The freeze on student loans began in March 2020 – the start of the COVID crisis. Repayments were going to start up again after January 31st without this extension.
2. The FDA approved Pfizer’s COVID treatment pill for at-home use. According to Pfizer, when used early, the pill is 89 percent effective in reducing severe COVID symptoms. The drug also attacks the omicron variant. The pill will be used in mild to moderate cases for people 12-years-old and up. The person must be at high risk for hospitalization or death.
3. Maine State Trooper Tyler Harrington managed to find and rescue an Alzheimer’s patient who had wandered away from his home in Vassalboro. Trooper Harrington found the man in a ditch. Harrington carried him back to his police cruiser, wrapping him in his jacket to warm him up while waiting for the ambulance.
4. The Red Cross says they can’t stress enough how bad the need for blood is. Hospitals may be forced to delay care to patients relying on blood transfusions. As an incentive, the red cross says anyone who comes in to donate through January 2nd will get a Red Cross long-sleeved t-shirt. Donors will also be entered automatically for a chance to win a getaway to Super Bowl 56, a home theatre package, and a $500 gift e-card.
5. Mark Schapp, a Salvation Army worker in Windham, raised nearly $20,000 by wearing a penguin suit while accepting donations. He has donned the suit outside of Walmart in Windham for 10 years after participating in the Polar Dip while wearing the suit in 2012.
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