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4 Maine counties classified yellow as COVID-19 cases rise across state – WMTW Portland

The state has classified four counties yellow amid rising case and positivity rates across Maine.Androscoggin, Kennebec, Oxford and Somerset counties switched from green to yellow on Friday. The color-coded system for counties is used to help schools assess COVID-19 risk in their communities.State officials said Androscoggin has experienced a sharp rise in cases over the last two weeks, with a new case rate more than double the statewide average. Kennebec, Oxford and Somerset counties have new case rates that exceed the state average, and Oxford and Somerset counties have two-week positivity rates that exceed the state average. Franklin and York counties are being closely monitored but remain green. Officials said they are concerned about rising case and positivity rates in those counties.All other counties in Maine remain green.A yellow designation suggests an elevated risk of COVID-19 spread, and schools should consider hybrid learning.Despite the increase in cases, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services said there continues to be lower transmission of COVID-19 in schools compared to the general population.Over the last 30 days, the rate of new cases for school staff and students has risen to 45 per 10,000, but remains about 40% than the new case rate of 74 per 10,000 for the general population. COVID-19 HEALTH ADVISORY SYSTEM EXPLAINEDThe Maine Department of Education and Maine Department of Health and Human Services adopted the three-color coding system to help districts plan.Green means schools may return to in-person learning if specific guidelines set by the state can be implemented.Yellow means schools should adopt a hybrid method of in-person and remote learning.Red means schools should only conduct remote learning.State officials have stressed that the categorizations are meant as guidance and are one of several tools school districts are using to determine their reopening plan.Education officials said if a county is listed as green, that does not mean all school districts in that county must reopen to in-person learning.If school districts determine they can’t reopen safely, they can opt for hybrid or 100% remote learning options.Officials said the categorizations are based on a range of information that includes but is not limited to recent data on case rates, positivity rates and syndromic data (e.g., symptoms of influenza or COVID-19).

The state has classified four counties yellow amid rising case and positivity rates across Maine.

Androscoggin, Kennebec, Oxford and Somerset counties switched from green to yellow on Friday. The color-coded system for counties is used to help schools assess COVID-19 risk in their communities.

State officials said Androscoggin has experienced a sharp rise in cases over the last two weeks, with a new case rate more than double the statewide average.

Kennebec, Oxford and Somerset counties have new case rates that exceed the state average, and Oxford and Somerset counties have two-week positivity rates that exceed the state average.

Franklin and York counties are being closely monitored but remain green. Officials said they are concerned about rising case and positivity rates in those counties.

All other counties in Maine remain green.

A yellow designation suggests an elevated risk of COVID-19 spread, and schools should consider hybrid learning.

Despite the increase in cases, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services said there continues to be lower transmission of COVID-19 in schools compared to the general population.

Over the last 30 days, the rate of new cases for school staff and students has risen to 45 per 10,000, but remains about 40% than the new case rate of 74 per 10,000 for the general population.

COVID-19 HEALTH ADVISORY SYSTEM EXPLAINED

The Maine Department of Education and Maine Department of Health and Human Services adopted the three-color coding system to help districts plan.

Green means schools may return to in-person learning if specific guidelines set by the state can be implemented.

Yellow means schools should adopt a hybrid method of in-person and remote learning.

Red means schools should only conduct remote learning.

State officials have stressed that the categorizations are meant as guidance and are one of several tools school districts are using to determine their reopening plan.

Education officials said if a county is listed as green, that does not mean all school districts in that county must reopen to in-person learning.

If school districts determine they can’t reopen safely, they can opt for hybrid or 100% remote learning options.

Officials said the categorizations are based on a range of information that includes but is not limited to recent data on case rates, positivity rates and syndromic data (e.g., symptoms of influenza or COVID-19).

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