Public schools in Portland, Maine, are once again requiring students, staff, and visitors to wear face masks indoors and on school buses because of a local surge in COVID-19 cases.
Superintendent Xavier Botana informed families on Tuesday that an indoor mask mandate would go back into effect on Thursday, May 12, WGME-TV reported. “This step has become necessary to help keep everyone safe as positive cases of COVID-19 are rapidly increasing in our community and schools,” Botana wrote in a letter.
Portland schools had lifted mask requirements in March when it appeared the COVID-19 pandemic was slowing down after two years. But according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Maine currently has the highest rate of new COVID-19 infections in the U.S.
Cumberland County, where Portland Public Schools are located, was categorized as an area of “high” viral
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