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12 inmates test positive for COVID-19 at MCC in Windham

Universal rapid testing is under way for all staff and inmates at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham
The Maine Department of Corrections says there are 12 positive cases at MCC in Windham.
The Maine Department of Corrections says there are 12 positive cases at MCC in Windham.
Published: Oct. 29, 2020 at 2:20 PM EDT
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WINDHAM, Maine (WABI) - Universal rapid testing is under way for all staff and inmates at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham after a dozen inmates have tested positive for coronavirus.

Officials say intakes have been cancelled there and at the state prison in Warren.

The Maine Department of Corrections says there are 12 positive cases at the MCC.

They say inmates were identified for testing through contact tracing following a symptomatic inmate Wednesday.

The inmates who tested positive through the rapid antigen testing are being housed in a COVID unit.

They’re awaiting confirmation form PCR testing.

“Wearing a face covering is mandatory,” said Department of Correction Commissioner Randall Liberty. “It is enforced. We’ve done contact tracing and are still working on identifying exactly how it entered into the facility. It could’ve come through in many different ways, but we work very hard at requiring face masks and requiring enhanced hygiene and social distancing. All the things that are recommended by the CDC.”

The Maine CDC is working with them and is investigating the outbreak.

Visitation has also been suspended at MCC and the state prison.

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