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3 Maine Counties Now 'Yellow' In State's COVID-19 Risk Assessment

Three counties in Maine have now received “yellow” designations under the state’s color-coded system — designed to guide schools toward or away from in-person classes as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

As of Friday, Somerset and Washington counties are now categorized as yellow. They join Waldo County, which was designated yellow last week.

State officials say that Somerset County’s case and positivity rates have both risen, and in Washington County, where an outbreak was traced to a church, the case rate is four times higher than it was last week.

And Waldo County continues to have Maine’s highest per county positivity rate at 3.0% and new case rate of 17.4%.

The yellow designation — as with a traffic light — urges caution. The state recommends limiting numbers of people inside school buildings, and putting a halt to extracurricular activities, such as sports.

All other counties remain green.