Nearly 150 new crown-positive cases have been traced back to an indoor wedding in Maine,media BGR reported. In early August, 65 people gathered for the wedding, and in the weeks after the wedding, dozens tested positive, followed by an outbreak in a prison and a nursing home. Three people died after contact with the wedding guests and their partners.
A month ago, 65 people reportedly attended a wedding in Big Moose Inn, Millinocket, Maine. Within 10 days of the reception on 7 August, the Millinocket Regional Hospital reported a “significant COVID-19 outbreak” in the town, as 28 positive cases were linked to the incident. Since then, that number has been rising, and on 21 August, the hospital reported the first wedding-related casualties.
Since the outbreak began, Maine has reported fewer than 5,000 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, the fifth-lowest of any state in the United States. Despite the relatively low infection rate, an indoor wedding was enough to trigger a chain reaction, the Maine CENTERs told CBS News on Saturday, with at least 147 cases now traced back to the gathering, and the outbreak has now spread to a prison and a nursing home.
One of the wedding participants worked at the York County Jail in Maine, where as of last week there had been 72 new crown cases — including 46 inmates, 19 staff members and seven family members. That’s almost half the prison population and makes it one of the worst single-facility COVID-19 outbreaks in the state to date.
Family members of another guest who tested positive work at the Makecrest Rehabilitation Centre in Somerset, which has so far reported 19 new crown cases. Three COVID-19 deaths have been linked to wedding guests and their contacts, including a 70-year-old man from Somerset. Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, would not say whether the man was a resident of Makecrest “for patient privacy reasons.”
“No outbreak is an island,” Dr Shah explains. “The outbreak was not an isolated incident. An outbreak can quickly lead to more eruptions, especially in a close geographical area. “