The coronavirus death toll associated with an indoor wedding in August in Maine has reached at least seven deaths, state officials said Tuesday.
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the wedding and its reception in Millinocket, Maine are now linked to 176 confirmed cases of COVID-19, agency spokesman Robert Long said in a statement.
Maine public health officials have been tracking outbreaks in the state back to the wedding, including in York County Jail and a Madison Rehabilitation Center, after one employee from each attended the wedding.
A total of 80 cases have been confirmed in the building that houses York County Jail. 39 people tested positive at the Maplecrest Rehabilitation and Living Center in Madison including 24 residents and 1
Six of the seven documented deaths in connection with the wedding have taken place at the rehabilitation center. None of the seven people who died attended the wedding or reception, Long said.
The wedding on August 7 hosted about 65 people indoors, though the government Janet MillsJanet Mills143 Coronavirus Cases, a Dead, Prison Outbreak Now Linked to Maine Wedding Number of Coronavirus Cases Linked to Maine Wedding Rises to 123 24 People Contract COVID-19 After Wedding in Maine MORE (D) had ordered a limit of 50 people for indoor gatherings due to the pandemic. The wedding was held at Tri Town Baptist Church and the reception at Big Moose Inn Cabins and Campground.
Government officials are investigating whether the company violated the coronavirus order by hosting the wedding.
Public health officials have been tracking cases back to the wedding throughout August. That first found 24 cases in mid-August. At the end of the month 123 cases had been linked to the event, and on September 3, it became number reached 143.
Officials previously reported that a woman who did not attend the wedding died in August after contracting COVID-19 from a participant.
Laurie Cormier, owner of the Big Moose Inn, last month issued a statement saying the staff’s hearts go out to the family, those affected by the virus that was at the wedding and those who have been affected since then. , ” according to WAGM.
Maine officials have tracked the spread of the virus from the wedding over hundreds of miles in the state and are concerned that it may undo the state’s progress in fighting coronavirus, Associated Press noted.
The state has confirmed 4,415 COVID-19 cases and 137 deaths since the onset of the pandemic. New York Times categorizes Maine as a state where new cases are “lower but going up.” The state has a seven-day average of 29 new cases a day.
Government officials are investigating whether an outburst at Calvary Baptist Church in Stanford is linked to the wedding after Pastor Todd Bell officially officiated the wedding.
The church issued a statement Tuesday obtained by the AP stating that “a number of members of Calvary Baptist Church attended” the wedding, but added that the church sought to prevent coronavirus from spreading during its services.
Calvary Baptist Church has a legal right to meet. The authority of a local Christian church, a Jewish synagogue or a Muslim mosque to gather for their respective religious services has been a well-known part of our nation’s history since its inception, ”the statement said. “These religious activities are also fully protected during the first amendment of our U.S. Constitution.”