PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A look at coronavirus-related developments around New England on Saturday:
State officials in Vermont said all staff and inmates at Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in Rutland will be subject to testing for the coronavirus on Saturday and again on June 29.
An inmate tested positive for the virus on Tuesday, the Vermont Department of Corrections said. The mass testing will be the second round of testing at the facility, as more than 200 inmates and staff were tested in May. All of those tests came back negative.
“As states and courts begin to reopen, the risk of COVID-19 spreading to close-contact facilities grows,” said interim commissioner James Baker.
Vermont has had more than 1,100 cases of the virus in total. That's a lower total than other states in the Northeast.
Data about the pandemic in Massachusetts shows the virus has disproportionately sickened Black and Latino residents of the state.
Hispanic residents make up 12% of the population, and their rate of positive cases is nearly 30%, The Boston Globe reported. Black residents represent about 7% of the population and make up 14.4% of positive cases, the newspaper reported.
The administration of Republican Gov. Charlie Baker released the data Friday. The data also said nine of the 10 cities and towns with the highest infection rates are places where more than half of residents are people of color.
Maine's largest city announced Friday it is halting the implementation of a citywide property revaluation because of the impact of the coronavirus on the real estate market.
Portland's property revaluation is delayed until 2021, city officials said. It will be the first revaluation in more than 15 years.
City officials have said Portland's rising real estate market prices have created a rift between assessed values and market values. That plays a role in city tax assessments. But city tax assessor Christopher Huff said it's prudent to hold off on revaluation “given the unknowns with the changes from the real estate market will see from the pandemic.”
Activities such as attending movie theaters and bowling alleys could soon be possible in Rhode Island again.
Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo said the changes could take place with the start of the third phase of reopening on June 29. Live music, fireworks displays and weddings with up to 150 people in attendance could also be on the table.
Masking and social distancing will still be recommended.
A nonprofit that helps New Hampshire families plan and pay for higher education has funded $387,500 in emergency mini-grants for 411 New Hampshire college students experiencing financial hardships because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Many of the students are essential workers and need additional financial support to continue their coursework, said Susan Huard, interim chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire.
The New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation is providing funds to 19 New Hampshire colleges and universities to be awarded to returning students.
Department of Health and Human Services officials announced on Saturday that 37 additional people have tested positive for the coronavirus. There have now been 5,518 cases in New Hampshire.
Mohegan Sun casino has expanded its reopening. The casino now has open restaurants, pubs and a comedy club.
Casinos in the state began reopening June 1.
Connecticut has had more than 45,000 cases of the virus, the second-highest total in New England after Massachusetts, which has had more than 100,000.