Power out at Oregon prison amid COVID-19 outbreak

UMATILLA, Ore. (AP) — One of Oregon’s largest prisons experiencing another COVID-19 outbreak has been grappling with a major power outage for the last week. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the outage at the Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla started Dec. 16 and has affected six housing units and about 600 inmates, or a third of the prison’s total population. The Oregon Department of Corrections says staff and outside contractors have been on site trying to determine the cause and how best to resolve it. Prisons officials don’t yet have a firm timeframe for when power will be restored.