Maine seeks to end jail outbreaks; a gathering causes worry



AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Authorities in Maine are recommending that every county jail in the state set up a COVID-19 testing plan as the state continues to grapple with a large outbreak at a jail in Alfred. An outbreak at York County Jail has sickened more than 80 people. It’s connected with a large outbreak that stems from a wedding and reception in northern Maine. A state report later showed that some of the county jails in the state didn’t require inmates and staff to wear masks in the aftermath of the early stages of the Alfred outbreak. Also Tuesday, Maine’s senators say the federal government has given the state more than $720,000 to support the roll-out of a vaccine to prevent COVID-19 when one becomes available.