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Three dead, 147 infected after COVID super-spreader wedding

Three dead, 147 infected after COVID super-spreader wedding”

At the end of August, 53 cases were linked to the reception, and a week later that number had climbed to 134.

Her 97-year-old husband, Frank Dentremont, who's a WWII veteran and the oldest resident of East Millinocket, was hospitalized on the identical facility just a few days later with COVID-19.

Infections from the outbreak on the wedding unfold to a jail 230 miles south in Alfred as a result of a jail worker had attended the wedding, two nursing properties and to the Calvary Baptist Church, 225 miles away in Sanford.

By the last week of August, officials said they traced 53 cases of the coronavirus linked to people who attended the wedding in three separate ME towns.

According to the Maine CDC spokesperson Robert Long told NBC News that the three people that have died from the didn't even attend the wedding.

Shah continued, " What this really hammers home is that outbreaks are not isolated events. "One outbreak can quickly lead to several more outbreaks, especially in a close geographic area".

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Local officials also linked the wedding to an outbreak at Maplecrest Rehabilitation & Living Center in Madison, Maine.

Dentremont didn't attend the wedding, however hospital employees believed she was infected by somebody who did. Ten people at his Calvary Baptist church have tested positive so far.

Pastor Todd Bell officiated on the wedding. There was little if any social distancing and no one was wearing a face mask.

A study from Japanese scientists estimated that the odds of a person spreading the coronavirus in a closed environment is nearly 19 times higher than in an open-air environment, though that research is still awaiting peer review.

Maine Gov. Janet Mills' executive orders limit indoor gatherings to 50 people.

The reception, which took place August 7 at Big Moose Inn Cabins and Campground in the town of Millinocket, situated about 70 miles north of Bangor, drew about 65 guests. The state public health officials are still on the case of connecting the infected to the wedding, but they will not be identifying the individuals. At least 10 attendees, including the newlywed couple, later tested positive for the coronavirus.

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