24 people contract COVID-19 following wedding in Maine | TheHill – The Hill

Maine health officials have linked 24 coronavirus cases to a wedding reception about 70 miles north of Bangor.

Eighteen people tested positive after attending the Aug. 7 event, which took place at Millinocket’s Big Moose Inn Cabins and Campground. Six more tested positive after close contact with attendees, according to a statement from the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

State officials said the reception was attended by about 65 people, and that everyone infected thus far is a resident of the state. They plan to implement contact tracing for guests, campground staff and anyone “who potentially came in close contact with confirmed cases during and after the event,” according to the release.

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Officials are also assessing whether the venue was in compliance with state health guidelines, saying they are “communicating with Big Moose Inn about the nature of the event and adherence to State requirements.”

Under executive orders imposed by Gov. Janet MillsJanet Mills24 people contract COVID-19 following wedding in Maine Coronavirus deal key to Republicans protecting Senate majority Trump expected to visit Maine despite governor’s concerns MORE (D) earlier this year, indoor gatherings are restricted to 50 people, while outdoor events are limited to 100 people, or fewer in cases that cannot accommodate five people per 1,000 feet.

“Anyone who attended an event at Big Moose Inn on August 7, 2020, and who has symptoms of COVID-19 should call their health care provider before seeking medical care,” state officials added.

State records indicate Maine has a total of 4,197 cases of the virus and 127 deaths as of Monday.

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