COVID-19 Outbreak At Wedding Reception In Maine Linked To 2 Other Outbreaks

Written by on August 26, 2020

A COVID-19 outbreak at a marriage reception in Maine now seems to have led to 2 different outbreaks at a jail and a nursing dwelling, exhibiting how simply the virus can unfold, public well being officers stated Tuesday.

The marriage reception was held indoors on Aug. 7, with about 65 attendees, a violation of the state’s rule that indoor gatherings can have not more than 50 individuals as a result of pandemic.

Quickly after, a employees member on the York County Jail — greater than 230 miles south of the marriage in Millinocket — examined constructive after attending the marriage, in line with state officers. 

As well as, a employees member at a nursing dwelling greater than 100 miles south of the marriage examined constructive. The employees member is believed to have gotten COVID-19 from their father or mother, who had been in shut contact with a marriage attendee who examined constructive.

As of Tuesday, at the very least 22 individuals who attended the marriage have examined constructive, in addition to dozens extra who had been in touch with wedding ceremony attendees. Not less than 18 individuals on the jail and 6 on the nursing dwelling have examined constructive.

“COVID-19 may be the uninvited visitor at each single wedding ceremony, celebration or occasion in Maine,” the state’s Middle for Illness Management and Prevention director Nirav Shah stated at a press convention Tuesday. “These current examples present how aggressive and the way opportunistic this virus is and the way rapidly it may well transfer from one group to a different.”

Not less than one one who acquired COVID-19 because of the outbreak on the wedding ceremony died from the virus, officers stated final week. The individual didn’t attend the marriage, however was in shut contact with somebody who did.

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