At least seven people have died from a coronavirus outbreak at an indoor wedding reception in Millinocket, Maine.
One of those deaths occurred at a Millinocket hospital while six were at the Maplecrest Rehabilitation Center in Madison, a nursing home where 19 confirmed COVID-19 cases showed up last week.
The nursing home is located approximately 100 km southwest of the Big Moose Inn, Cabins and Campground, where the wedding reception was held on August 7th. A spokesman for the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention previously told HuffPost that one of the wedding guests was in the same household as an employee at the nursing home.
The wedding, which was attended by more than 60 guests wearing no masks or social distances, 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 is angry with the married couple for the resulting virus spread.
“I’m glad they had the biggest day of their lives,” Roy told the newspaper. “But it created a nightmare and probably the worst days of anyone’s life.”
During a media conference this week, Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah that all locals in Maine had to pay attention to slowing down the spread of COVID-19. The state stood over 4,400 confirmed cases and had seen 138 deaths as of Tuesday.
“COVID-19 is not on the other side of the fence right now,” Shah said. “It’s in our yards.”
Shah also stressed the importance of face masks, pointing out that wearing masks had not been the norm in York County Jail, which probably contributed to the outbreak.
“The one theme that runs through everyone [these incidents] is wearing a mask, ”Shah said. “Facial coatings both at the molecular level and now at the population level have been well associated with reducing the likelihood of transmission of COVID-19. Does it eliminate the probability? No, there is no intervention in medical science that eliminates anything. But they greatly reduce the likelihood. ”
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