covid superspreader event...Maine edition...

Annie Deighnaugh

...coming to a town near you???


Maine, relatively covid free, suddenly spawned over 100 infections from a single wedding, few masks and little distancing, and it led to the death of someone who was not an attendee.


https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/08/29/nation/how-an-intimate-wedding-rural-maine-led-states-largest-covid-outbreak-disaster-that-spread-hundreds-miles/

The virus had begun to sweep through the community, and well beyond it.An unidentified wedding guest reported feeling symptoms a day after the ceremony. Within four days, several others fell ill, according to state authorities. In all, nearly half of the attendees,30 in all who ranged in age from 4 to 78 years old, would test positive. By then, this all-too-familiar ripple effect was already headed far beyond the Big Moose Inn.

Over the next three weeks, the virus trickled into the East Millinocket school system. It leapt 220 miles downstate to a county jail. It wove its way into a rehabilitation center 100 miles from the wedding venue. And it crept into the Dentremonts’ isolated Cedar Lake cabin.

An area that had been almost entirely unaffected by the global pandemic was suddenly a hot spot, the largest outbreak in Maine to date....

Theresa Dentremont, a longtime native of the area, died on August 21, two weeks after the wedding, at the Millinocket Regional Hospital following a brief battle with COVID-19. She’d barely mixed with the outside world. Butauthorities said she fell ill after coming into contact with an infected wedding guest. Her stepson told the Globe he didn’t want to speculate about the origin. She is the only death linked to the wedding. Her husband, Frank Dentremont, was hospitalized with the disease two days later. The World War II veteran, who endured the Battle of the Bulge and worked for 35 years at the Millinocket paper mill, remains on oxygen and a course of antiviral drug therapy, according to his son....

As of Friday, Maine authorities had linked 123 positive cases to the August 7 wedding, with a quarter labeled as tertiary cases, meaning they were infected by someone who was infected by someone who attended the wedding. On Saturday, the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it was also investigating an outbreak at the Calvary Baptist Church 225 miles away in Sanford, where the officiant who presided over the wedding, Todd Bell, is pastor. There are at least five confirmed cases of the coronavirus among those affiliated with the church, the CDC said....

The consequences have affected nearly every aspect of life: The Millinocket Regional Hospital has suspended all elective surgeries and postponed all appointments and procedures that can be safely pushed back. A local Elks lodge has closed and banks and credit unions have shut their lobbies. The Millinocket Town Hall is shuttered to the public. Even the schools have had to change their plans....

The consequences have affected nearly every aspect of life: The Millinocket Regional Hospital has suspended all elective surgeries and postponed all appointments and procedures that can be safely pushed back. A local Elks lodge has closed and banks and credit unions have shut their lobbies. The Millinocket Town Hall is shuttered to the public. Even the schools have had to change their plans.

Another outbreak at Maplecrest Rehabilitation Center, over 100 miles southeast of the wedding venue, has also been linked to Millinocket, with four staff members and five residents falling ill The Maine CDC said it determined that an employee had been infected by a parent whose child had attended the wedding.

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tozmo1

And now for an update sixteen days later: (links for everyone, just so 'ya can't say it isn't true!) :-)

https://www.foxnews.com/health/coronavirus-death-toll-maine-wedding-grows

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/16/health/us-coronavirus-wednesday/index.html

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