Maine is advising Oxford County schools to move away from in-person instruction because the county’s rate of new cases of COVID-19 more than doubled in the past two weeks.
The change in the reopening recommendation, which came as the state also reported 20 new cases of the virus, means both Oxford and York counties are now classified as “yellow” in the state’s color-coded school advisory system, meaning there is an elevated risk of spread of the virus and a hybrid of in-person and remote instruction is advised.
All other counties in Maine remain “green,” meaning the risk of COVID-19 spread is low and in-person instruction is possible as long as physical distancing and safety requirements can be followed. The state also is closely watching Androscoggin County and plans to reassess that county, as well as Oxford and York, next week.
The new cases Friday bring Maine’s total case count since