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Public health authorities in Maine say they fear a coronavirus outbreak stemming from a wedding and reception in the northern part of the state has the ability to undo much of the progress it has made battling the virus.
By DAVID SHARP Associated Press
PORTLAND, Maine -- A rural church wedding and reception on a beautiful day in the shadow of Mount Katahdin was no doubt a happy day. But it has spread misery ever since.
That single event on Aug. 7 is linked to outbreaks in at least two other locations in Maine, with more than 170 people contracting the virus and seven deaths since.
Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control, said the single event has the power to undo much of the state’s progress during the pandemic. The virus can become "the uninvited guest at every single wedding, party or event in Maine,” he warned.
The “super spreader” event started with wedding attendees in the Katahdin region and spread to the community at large and to a nursing home in Madison. An attendee worked at the York County Jail, 220 miles (355 kilometers) away, where there are more than 70 cases. The state is also investigating an outbreak at a church in Sanford, home of the wedding's officiant.