At least seven people have died from a coronavirus outbreak linked to an indoor wedding reception in Milinocket, Maine.
One of those deaths occurred at a hospital in Milinocket while six were at the Maplecrest Rehabilitation Center in Madison, a nursing home, where 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19 occurred last week.
The nursing home is about 100 miles southwest of the Big Moose Inn, Cabins and Campground, where the August 7 wedding reception took place. A spokesman for the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had previously told HuffPost that one of the wedding guests was in the same household as a nursing home employee.
The wedding, which was attended by more than 60 guests who did not wear masks or social distance, is now linked to 1
Amanda Roy, whose mother, Anna Littlejohn, lives at the Maplecrest Rehabilitation Center and tested positive for COVID-19, told the Bangor Daily News that she was angry with the couple about the spread of the virus.
“I’m glad they got the greatest day of their lives,” Roy told the paper. “But it made a nightmare and maybe the worst days of some other people’s lives.”
During a press briefing this week, CDC Director in Maine Dr. Nirav Shah stressed that all locals in Maine must be vigilant to suppress the spread of COVID-19. The state faces more than 4,400 confirmed cases and saw 138 deaths as of Tuesday.
“COVID-19 is not currently on the other side of the fence,” Shah said. “It’s in our yards.”
Shah also stressed the importance of face masks, pointing out that wearing masks was not the norm in York County Jail, which probably contributed to the outbreak.
“It simply came to our notice then [these incidents] is wearing a mask, “said Shah. “Coatings of individuals, both at the molecular level and now at the population level, are well linked to a reduction in the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission. Does it eliminate the probability? No, there is no interference in medical science to eliminate something. But they significantly reduce the likelihood. “
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