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EIGHTH coronavirus death linked to super spreader Maine wedding that has led to at least 270 cases

 An eighth death has been linked to a coronavirus outbreak stemming from a super spreader wedding and reception in northern Maine.

The man who died was in his 80s and from Somerset County, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said on Saturday.

The wedding and reception in the Millinocket area on August 7 is linked to more than 270 cases of COVID-19, including in an outbreak at a nursing home in Madison, more than 100 miles away, and a jail.

The Maine CDC said on Saturday that the number of deaths related to an outbreak at the Maplecrest Rehabilitation and Living Center in Madison is now seven. 

None of the eight people who died at the nursing home attended the wedding or reception itself.    

Big Moose Inn Cabins and Campground in Millinocket was the site of the August 7 reception

Big Moose Inn Cabins and Campground in Millinocket was the site of the August 7 reception

Eight deaths linked to the wedding were at Maplecrest Rehabilitation and Living Center

Eight deaths linked to the wedding were at Maplecrest Rehabilitation and Living Center

The ceremony took place indoors at the Tri Town Baptist Church in East Millinocket, and the reception was held at the Big Moose Inn Cabins and Campground in Millinocket.

In total about 65 people attended the event – which violated Gov. Janet Mills' executive order limiting indoor gatherings to 50 people.


One of the wedding attendees was an employee at the York County Jail, where 72 cases have emerged and been linked to the wedding, officials say. 

As of last week the nursing home also had 39 active COVID-19 cases linked to the wedding - at least 24 residents and 15 workers.

Officials say that an employee of the facility lives in the same household as a person who attended the wedding.

The only death to take place outside the nursing home was 88-year-old Theresa Dentremont who died at Millinocket Regional Hospital on August 21 after contracting the virus.

Detremont did not attend the wedding, but hospital staff believed she may have been infected by someone who did.  

Theresa Detremont (pictured) did not attend the Millinocket wedding before she was infected

Theresa Detremont (pictured) did not attend the Millinocket wedding before she was infected

At York County Jail 72 cases have been linked to the August wedding

At York County Jail 72 cases have been linked to the August wedding 

Now the state is investigating whether an outbreak at Calvary Baptist Church, whose pastor Todd Bell officiated the wedding, is linked to the wedding.

That church is tied to at least 10 cases.

The church said that some of its members attended the wedding reception. 

Despite the outbreak, the church said it will continue to hold services and is taking precautions to limit the spread of the virus. 

'The 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 is a time-honored part of our nation´s history since its inception,' a statement said. 

'These religious activities are also fully protected under the First Amendment to our United States Constitution,' the statement added. 

Pastor Bell is a big critic of the government's attempt to control the virus. 

Videos show that he held services at the church without social distancing.  

He hired a lawyer known nationally for defending the religious rights of churches.  

An outbreak at Calvary Baptist Church, in Sanford, is tied to at least 10 cases

An outbreak at Calvary Baptist Church, in Sanford, is tied to at least 10 cases

Pastor Todd Bell (pictured) has continued to hold in-person services at Calvary Baptist Church in Sanford, Maine, even after he officiated a wedding that was linked to cases

Pastor Todd Bell (pictured) has continued to hold in-person services at Calvary Baptist Church in Sanford, Maine, even after he officiated a wedding that was linked to cases and deaths

The virus cases stemming from the wedding have spanned hundreds of miles in a state that had largely controlled the spread of the coronavirus through the summer. 

Maine has reported 5,106 cases of the virus in total since March, and 140 deaths.

'Maine CDC is concerned about where we are, and I'm asking everyone else to share in that concern. COVID-19, right now, is not on the other side of the fence. It is in our yards,' said Nirav Shah, head of the Maine CDC. 

'The gains that Maine has made against COVID-19 are ones that could, and unfortunately can, be washed away.'

Maine CDC spokesperson Robert Long said the agency's investigations suggest 'multiple potential points of transmission related to the August 7 wedding and reception.'

The agency is working to limit the spread of the virus and support people affected by it, he said.

Shah said the state's percent positivity rate has ticked up to 0.63 percent for the previous seven days. 

At one point, the rate was less than half a percentage point. The rate remains well below the national average of about 5 per cent, Shah said.

4 comments:

  1. IN HIS 80's!!! BE VERY AFRAID OF THE SCARY VIRUS you have a 99,5% chance of surviving unless you are over 80. Lookup EVENT 201 and say NO to LOCKDOWNS, MASKS and hell no to VACCINES being pushed by Gates and funded by Epstein GUILTY Trump!

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  2. Speaking if super spreaders, Kamala Harris slept her way into politics according to her ex, Mayor Willie Brown. He boned her. Then he appointed her to a BS city commission job that was her entry into political office. That's why she is #HeelsUpHarris

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