The Maine Legislature delayed meetings of both the House and Senate Chambers set for next week after the second legislator in a week tested positive for COVID-19.
The change, which was announced in a letter to all legislators from Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, and House Speaker Ryan Fecteau, D-Biddeford, will push the session that had been scheduled for next Thursday at the Augusta Civic Center into the following week.
The legislator who tested positive was not named in the letter due to confidentiality policies, but Jackson and Fecteau said all indications were that this case was not related to another legislator’s positive test. The second legislator to test positive is asymptomatic and one close contact has been notified.
It is unclear how many Maine legislators have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began here more than a year ago.