Two dozen inmates at women's prison have COVID-19

Edward D. Murphy, Portland Press Herald, Maine
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Apr. 30—Two dozen inmates in the Women's Center at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham have contracted COVID, state officials said Friday.

The state said the incarcerated women received confirmed positive results through testing at the facility. The first case was reported 10 days ago and testing for all residents and staff will continue, with the state reporting results on a regular basis.

A recent outbreak at the Maine State Prison in Warren is now considered closed, state officials said, and those that contracted the disease have recovered. At one point, 11 inmates and one staff member had contracted COVID-19.

Officials have been dealing with coronavirus outbreaks at facilities around the state, including one in at the Cumberland County Jail, where 27 inmates and two staff members were reported to have tested positive for the disease on April 13. And there was an outbreak this week at Two Bridges Jail in Wiscasset, with 27 residents and three staff members testing positive on Wednesday.

There was also a larger outbreak at the Windham facility last fall, with 81 people, mostly residents, contracting the disease in November.