As officials continue to push preventative measures such as wearing masks and practicing social distance to keep infection rates low, they have also been extremely mindful of large gatherings.
The wedding, held in Millinocket on Aug. 7, had about 65 guests in violation of the state’s 50-person hood for indoor events, the Maine CDC said.
The event is linked to outbreaks that have unfolded in a nursing home and a prison, both more than 100 miles away from the wedding venue, and among people who had only secondary or tertiary contact with a participant.
Residents at the Maplecrest Rehabilitation and Living Center accounted for 39 cases related to the wedding and six of the seven deaths so far, said Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav D. Shah.
“The virus favors collections,”
Despite such grim warnings, about 1,500 people descended on a New Jersey boardwalk house featured in MTV’s “Jersey Shore” Monday night, ending in eight arrests, according to Seaside Heights police.
The event was hosted by a group of YouTube jokers, according to Seaside Heights Police Detective Steve Korman, and officials say they are now concerned about how they will track possible infections among more than a thousand people.
Universities are trying to get ahead of outbreaks
There have been outbreaks in colleges and universities where prayer bail administrators are working to contain the spread.
More than 50,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported in colleges and universities in all 50 states.
Citing a significant increase in student cases, the University of Colorado at Boulder will move to a 14-day quarantine period for students living in the city, according to its website.
Two students were expelled and three suspended at the University of Missouri for violating rules that require students who test positive to isolate and adhere to social distance.
Coronavirus could have been in the US as early as December
Although outbreaks attributed to coronavirus were not widely documented until the spring, the virus may have circulated in the United States as early as December, about a month earlier than assumed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to researchers at UCLA.
A study published last Thursday in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found a statistically significant increase in clinic and hospital visits of patients who reported respiratory illnesses as early as the week of December 22nd.
The first known case of Covid-19 in the United States was considered to be a patient in Washington who, according to the CDC, had visited Wuhan, China. The case was reported in January.
However, the number of patient visits to the ER for respiratory distress as well as the number of hospitalized patients with acute respiratory failure between December 2019 and February 2020 were all compared with records from the last five years. Although the cases could have been from the flu, the number is remarkable, Dr. Joann Elmore to CNN.
Dr. Claudia Hoyen, an infectious disease specialist at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center who did not work on the study, said she believes it is possible that Covid-19 may have been in the United States much faster than first realized.
But Kristian Andersen, professor of immunology and microbiology at Scripps Research, disagreed.
“We know from SARS-CoV-2 genetic data that the pandemic started in late November / early December in China, so there is absolutely no way the virus could have spread widely in December 2019. From the same genetic data, we know that widespread transmission did not start in the United States until (around) February 2020, ”Andersen said in an email.
“The paper picks up false signals, and hospitalizations are more likely from influenza or other respiratory diseases,” Andersen wrote.
It is far away to return to normal
Some officials are preparing for the coronavirus-altered lifestyle to continue for some time to come.
Boston will allow restaurants to continue using private outdoor and public street and sidewalk areas to serve customers through Dec. 1, Mayor Marty Walsh announced Tuesday. Practice should last until October 31st.
“We try to help our restaurants continue to benefit from the outdoor space for as long as possible,” Walsh said.
And even though researchers are struggling to have a vaccine ready in the new year, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Science Officer at the World Health Organization in Geneva, said Tuesday that the world may not start thinking about returning to “pre-Covid” life until 2022.
Speaking to reporters during a virtual meeting hosted by the United Nations Fund, Swaminathan said 60-70% of the global population should have immunity before there is a dramatic reduction in the transmission of the virus.
“We are looking at 2022 at least before enough people start getting the vaccine to build immunity,” Swaminathan said. “So for a long time to come, we have to maintain the same kind of measures that are currently in place with physical distance, masking and respiratory hygiene.”
CNN’s Anna Sturla, Maggie Fox, Elizabeth Hartfield, Jennifer Feldman, Jaqueline Howard, Nakia McNabb and Gisela Crespo contributed to this report.