BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Bates College lifted a 12-day lockdown aimed at containing an outbreak of COVID-19, and in-person classes resumed Wednesday.
Joshua McIntosh, vice president for campus life, told students the school was immediately “lifting the in-room restriction” it imposed April 1.
“We are confident that we have contained the outbreak that began with social gatherings” during the last weekend of March, McIntosh said.
The college still has more than 30 students who tested positive in isolation housing, half the number it had at the peak of the outbreak.
Six students remain in quarantine, and the college will continue to conduct tests for the rest of the week out of an abundance of caution.
In other pandemic news in Maine:
The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Maine has risen over the past two weeks from 211.43 on March 29 to 364.29 on April 12. The seven-day rolling average of daily deaths in Maine did not increase over the past two weeks, remaining at roughly one on March 29 and on April 12.
The AP is using data collected by Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering to measure outbreak caseloads and deaths across the United States.
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday that the state has been the site of more than 55,000 cases of the virus and 757 deaths, including four reported Thursday. All told, more than 500 infections were reported on both Wednesday and Thursday.
The Cumberland County jail is working with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention to contain an outbreak.
Nearly 30 people — 27 inmates and two employees — have tested positive for the coronavirus, jail officials said.
Inmates and staff started showing symptoms last week. Over the weekend, all inmates at the jail and staff were tested for the virus, and another 24 inmates tested positive, officials said.
Maine’s congressional delegation wants the federal government to distribute million of dollars in coronavirus relief for the logging industry.
The four-member delegation said Monday the U.S. Department of Agriculture must quickly provide $200 million in relief money slated for logging and log hauling businesses. The aid was part of the December coronavirus relief package, the delegation said.
The delegation wrote a letter to the USDA that said “it is critical that you use every authority available to distribute this relief quickly to those who desperately need it.”
The members said the logging industry has suffered a decline in demand for wood fiber since the beginning of the pandemic. The industry has experienced an estimated 20% or greater drop in timber harvest this year, the delegation said.
This story has been corrected to say the vice president for campus life at Bates College is Joshua McIntosh, not David Joshua McIntosh.